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The Canyons Reviews

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Nick Newman
The Film Stage
June 29, 2016
The Canyons rapidly evolves into a film hopelessly at odds with itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jason Bailey
June 19, 2016
Bret Easton Ellis's screenplay is filled with the worst kind of tin-eared dialogue and situations that seldom rise above their soapish base instincts, and in the third act, he clearly just gives up and turns one of his characters into Patrick Bateman.
Rob Gonsalves
July 14, 2015
Very little animating emotion to explain why the film had to be made, why the story needed to be told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
September 23, 2014
With the pungent combination of a script from novelist Bret Easton Ellis, a performance by Lindsay Lohan and direction by Paul Schrader, The Canyons might have been a micro-budget sensation, but sadly it reeks of laziness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
Schrader's idea of a modern-day noir has promise but Ellis' script lets him down and leaves the actors adrift with no scenes to play.
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
May 11, 2014
Merely confirms Schrader as an all-but spent force (it's been largely downhill since the dismal Dominion) and nails Bret Easton Ellis as a one-trick pony.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Leslie Felperin
Radio Times
May 9, 2014
Although the movie is flawed, [Lohan's] pretty terrific ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
May 9, 2014
The first question you'll ask yourself while walking out of The Canyons is, "What were they thinking?" The second may be "Were they thinking at all?"
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Mottram
The List
May 9, 2014
Largely set to go down as an embarrassing footnote in the careers of both its screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis and director Paul Schrader - unless, by some miracle, it gains cult success for its awfulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
May 9, 2014
The group sex sessions are briefly interesting, not for their titillation value but the shifting powerplays that emerge between the main characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
May 8, 2014
Lindsay Lohan's car crash career receives another nasty bump in The Canyons, a turgid, very low-budget wallow in Beverly Hills sleaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Bradshaw
May 8, 2014
The Canyons deserves a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
May 8, 2014
Lindsay Lohan lights up the screen as a fallen starlet in Paul Schrader's much-maligned noir quickie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Lattanzio
Thompson on Hollywood
March 27, 2014
Underneath The Canyons' plastic deadness rattles a broken Lohan... And we really believe her.
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Wesley Morris
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 17, 2013
...feels like a toxic kiss-off note to Hollywood, and the only thing I'm really wondering about is whether Lohan and Deen (and others involved in the production) are the director's collaborators or victims.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Mike Scott
September 20, 2013
It might have felt at home alongside various overly lurid thrillers from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Now, however, it feels only cheap and passe.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse
September 16, 2013
The bubbling-over sexuality of Paul Schrader's The Canyons is surely tongue-in-cheek, amusing in its semen-splashed excessiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
September 15, 2013
The Canyons is Easton Ellis cannibalising himself, Schrader badly forging Drive and hack stunt casting of a walking appendage and a starlet that should have been in rehab.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Simon Foster
September 10, 2013
The weathered, wayward but undeniably talented Lohan, the poster child for Hollywood's indulgent lifestyle (frankly, it's sad that at 25 she already appears too old for the part), imbues Tara with a depth not evident in Ellis' script.
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