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Laurel Canyon Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 11, 2011
It's a story about how people get seduced by Los Angeles. That still happens, you know.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 21, 2011
As a follow up to High Art, this melodrama is not as good or provocative as Cholodenko's debut. Even so, the film deals with female (lesbian) sexuality and as such deserves recognition.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
It pulled me in with its friendly, inclusive, nonjudgmental appraisal of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
August 13, 2004
Despite a great ensemble of actors, it will leave you hanging from a cliff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
March 3, 2004
'We're left with a film that doesn't create enough interest in what went on in those Laurel Canyon backyards to justify pulling over and watching.'
Annette Dasey
Teletext
November 14, 2003
No matter how many times she pushes her specs up her nose Beckinsale is never going to be believable as a nerd. Bale as a psychiatrist: it's easier to envisage him as Batman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
October 24, 2003
Frances McDormand lets loose in a terrific new role as record producer, mother, and corrupter of curious girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 4, 2003
'Laurel Canyon' is a little dangerous, a bit unconventional and very seductive.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 20, 2003
...essentially worth checking out if only for the performances and Cholodenko's admittedly steady directorial hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
July 3, 2003
Real people, real situations. "Laurel Canyon" is a keeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
June 6, 2003
McElhone and Bale are more overt, acting mostly with rigid faces, tousled hair and at least 64 shiny, well-displayed teeth.
Charlie Brown
FilmStew.com
June 4, 2003
From the choice of L.A.'s musical bohemia to finding the right tension in each scene, director Lisa Cholodenko has hit another home run.
Sean O'Connell
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 28, 2003
With vocal inflections and a caring glance, McDormand rescues the mother-son dynamic that twists through Canyon like the famed Mulholland Drive.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
May 21, 2003
Interesting and distinctive but held back from greatness by forcing complex characters through tidy character arcs.
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
May 6, 2003
An enjoyable little film about fidelity and intimacy among different generations. Worth seeing just for McDormand's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 5, 2003
Laurel Canyon telegraphs far too much of its unoriginal story to genuinely hold our interest. We find ourselves wishing we could leave these characters nattering in the living room and wander around the house looking at the souvenirs and photographs. We'r
Full Review| Original Score: B-
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
May 2, 2003
How far can you follow the psychosexual exploits of folks you aren't all that drawn to in the first place?
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 2, 2003
Cholodenko has made a huge mistake in casting Bale and Beckinsale as her leads. While their blandness seems to be appropriate for the characters they're played, neither is very interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 2, 2003
By the time Laurel Canyon closes, we're left with a number of dangling subplots, lots of questions and two hideously unbelievable reconciliations.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 2, 2003
Just when you thought the "La-La Land" cliche ... had been done to death, along comes the indie-film variation in Laurel Canyon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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