Canvas Reviews

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December 12, 2008
Though Canvas may not deviate much from the formula followed by so many other movies about families imperiled by health crises, it's unusually perceptive about the ways that loved ones process (or fail to process) the resulting stress.
December 11, 2008
It's like a public service announcement with dialogue.
Top Critic
October 24, 2007
Writer-director Joseph Greco makes a nice feature-film debut telling a true, disturbing story about a 10-year-old boy struggling to cope with a schizophrenic mother.
October 19, 2007
Canvas just doesn't sketch a sufficiently vivid portrait.
October 18, 2007
Canvas is worth seeing for the acting, but the disease-of-the-week conventions and hackneyed visuals pretty well knock the wind out of its sails.
October 12, 2007
I can see why it was a hit at film festivals. I only hope it now gets its due in theaters.
October 12, 2007
First-time filmmaker Joseph Greco draws on personal experience for this devastating yet honest portrait of an ordinary Florida family.
October 12, 2007
Though Harden has the showier role, a subdued Pantoliano is the movie's real star. Sometimes, the quietest performances are the most powerful.
October 12, 2007
Canvas is a serious film about mental illness and a sentimental heartwarmer, and succeeds in both ways.
October 12, 2007
Canvas is a movie that rings emotionally true, despite structural contrivances and dim, washed-out color.
October 11, 2007
Despite its admirable qualities, Canvas fizzles and falls into cliche.
October 9, 2007
Greco's sincerity is so palpable that the frequent uplift feels deserved, but with just-passable filmmaking and the demeaning score, Canvas falls somewhere between powerful indie and made-for-TV diversion.
September 4, 2007
An unusually sensitive take on schizophrenia.
September 4, 2007
Auds will experience the joy of discovery in Greco's fact-based drama -- not just in its perspective on schizophrenia and the effect of the disease on one Florida family, but in Joe Pantoliano's cliche-demolishing performance.