The Canyons Reviews

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January 3, 2014
It believes it's taking risks it actually has no interest in taking, that it's seeing profundity in the showbiz shallows.
August 15, 2013
Ellis throws in lots of references to social media in a desperate bid for cultural currency, while Schrader intersperses the drama with pretentious shots of boarded-up movie theaters to suggest this is all a metaphor for the death of cinema.
August 15, 2013
"The Canyons" is one of those movies that makes you feel worse just for having watched it.
August 8, 2013
If the creation of self-important tedium were a competitive sport, "The Canyons" would take home the gold.
August 8, 2013
An inept, misanthropic melodrama written by novelist Bret Easton Ellis and funded mostly through a Kickstarter campaign.
August 8, 2013
A tale of young, vapid, sexually insatiable Z-listers in Hollywood had the credentials to be deliciously awful fun but almost every time something tawdry (and potentially interesting) is about to happen, the film pulls its punches and leaves the action.
June 11, 2019
A movie decrying movies, funded and released online, shot and acted like reality TV - maybe its existence says more than its dialogue, but that doesn't make it any more engaging.
March 21, 2019
Despite a liberal dose of full frontal nudity, The Canyons fails to fully revel in its sleaze, struggling to even work as a deadpan satire.
December 11, 2018
It would be too easy to blame the leads for the film's flatness, but I'm not sure that better actors could have roused such listless dialogue.
August 23, 2018
On paper, the ingredients for an intriguing combo of life-art crossover, artistic schadenfreude and nihilist gloss. But lord, it's cheap and weak.
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