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Laurel Canyon Reviews

April 25, 2003
The movie's contrivances begin to rankle.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 24, 2003
Fizzles out in the third act, but we're long past caring. By then, Frances McDormand has usurped the movie and turned it into a lesson in character acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 18, 2003
Self-discovery seems to be the goal, but the revelations hardly seem worth the work.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 17, 2003
McDormand is superb. Likewise Bale and Nivola.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2003
If there is one reason to see Laurel Canyon, it's to witness McDormand in the kind of role she's long deserved.
April 11, 2003
Laurel Canyon's end isn't entirely satisfying, but the story works.
Read More | Original Score: A-
April 11, 2003
Thanks to the performances and the general looseness of the script, the movie is more appealing than it has any business being.
April 4, 2003
[Cholodenko's] smart script and sensitive directing make up for sluggish pacing, the picture's one major flaw.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 4, 2003
Never reaches the bar it sets for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 4, 2003
Plays out like a slow-motion sex farce.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 28, 2003
[A] tame exercise in hedonism and self-discovery.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 28, 2003
Too stilted and pre-programmed to come alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 27, 2003
More obvious and superficial with, except for Ms. McDormand, rather soapy and cartoonish elements.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 27, 2003
An engaging, entertaining glimpse into the lives of musicians nestled in the titular Hollywood Hills enclave.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2003
A flawed but smart independent film whose virtues outweigh its flaws, and whose virtues are distinct.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2003
It's a pleasant, good-natured film that's easy to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 13, 2003
Thank goodness for Nivola ... who makes a charming degenerate, and McDormand in her sexiest role to date. They make up for a bunch of sins.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 7, 2003
[McDormand] makes both the character and her Laurel Canyon sanctuary feel genuinely lived.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 7, 2003
All the performances are strong, but McDormand, Bale and Nivola's are most powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2003
Cholodenko ... takes the scenario beyond cliché by creating a raft of fully fledged characters and giving the tale a generational twist.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2003
Laurel Canyon may be more a vibe than a movie. And that's precisely its power.
March 6, 2003
It reconfirms the filmmaker's talent as an acutely observant chronicler of upscale bohemian subcultures.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 6, 2003
There wasn't a moment in the film that I didn't enjoy, but neither was there anything that got my mind or heart racing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2003
It has power above and below the waist, and proves that not all the navels in L.A. are in the oranges.
March 6, 2003
What rescues this situation from the formulaic banality it seems to be headed toward is the seriousness with which the filmmakers take the actual work being done by the various characters.
March 6, 2003
The characters are tedious, as are the fussy performances of Bale and Beckinsale.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 6, 2003
Relies on easy caricature over true character such that the film fails to build emotional momentum or resonance.
March 4, 2003
The spectacle of pretty people floating languidly across the screen notwithstanding, Laurel Canyon is short on conviction and long on contrivance.
March 4, 2003
Frances McDormand isn't just good, she's fantastic in this movie.
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
February 24, 2003
A clumsy package of clichés.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
May 18, 2002
An absorbing film about men and women and mothers and sons and how choices can forever alter relationships.