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Laurel Canyon Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 28, 2003
Too stilted and pre-programmed to come alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
March 1, 2003
Comes across pretty much as a pretentious soap opera -- a movie that wants the audience to believe it has more to say about life than the usual melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 1, 2003
It's a half-step backward for Cholodenko, whose latest film has none of the tenderness or fresh insight about relationships and sexual ambiguity of High Art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 17, 2003
it goes without saying that McDormand is the high point of Laurel Canyon. She tears through the stiff, paper-thin movie with a sense of complete freedom, the same way Geena Davis did in The Accidental Tourist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 24, 2003
A clumsy package of clichés.
| Original Score: 1/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 4, 2003
The spectacle of pretty people floating languidly across the screen notwithstanding, Laurel Canyon is short on conviction and long on contrivance.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 6, 2003
The characters are tedious, as are the fussy performances of Bale and Beckinsale.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 28, 2003
[A] tame exercise in hedonism and self-discovery.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 18, 2003
Self-discovery seems to be the goal, but the revelations hardly seem worth the work.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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+
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
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
Chuck Rudolph
Slant Magazine
February 9, 2003
If the booze-swilling, oversexed evil sister of McDormand's Almost Famous matron were to make her own movie, it might look something like Laurel Canyon.
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Vic Vogler
Denver Post
April 4, 2003
Never reaches the bar it sets for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
J. C. Farrow
March 6, 2003
The chemistry between McDormand, Ian and goody-two-shoes Alex is soggy rather than sexy.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
March 6, 2003
Relies on easy caricature over true character such that the film fails to build emotional momentum or resonance.
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
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
April 11, 2003
...a strikingly judgmental movie in favor of liberal lifestyles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
March 14, 2003
Maybe it's that Cholodenko's more familiar with New York and loath to be too critical of another town, but Laurel Canyon lacks the sense of risk that High Art had, and in doing so, emasculates its apparent protagonist in Sam.
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