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The Canyons Reviews

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June 29, 2016
The Canyons rapidly evolves into a film hopelessly at odds with itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 30, 2013
A little twist at the end of the film is not enough to salvage the other ninety minutes of cinematic torture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 5, 2013
The Canyons appears to be the only movie of the last 25 years to be scandalized that movie producers are sketchy liars, young actors sometimes have to sleep with people to get better roles, and movies are produced more to make money than to create art.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
July 30, 2013
While not about pornography, The Canyons can't help but possess that same lurid whiff of XXX material, from the crotchy, skeevy sweatiness, right down to its poor acting, tossed-off dialogue and visibly low production values...
Full Review | Original Score: D
August 1, 2013
Any hope of sneaky commentary or ironic appropriation of porn's tawdry incompetence disappears long before Deen's pants.
August 2, 2013
It's something you'd watch when you need to catch up on your magazine reading... Even as exploitation, The Canyons is a failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 21, 2013
The Canyons is no style and no substance, an exercise in poor judgement and stunt casting gone horribly wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 4, 2013
Considering this is a film directed by Paul Schrader and written by Bret Easton Ellis, The Canyons is a limp and toothless piece of work from two artists who should know better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
August 2, 2013
Two good leads are not enough to make The Canyons feel like anything but a failed experiment in intentional low-budget pretentiousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
August 6, 2013
Imagine American Psycho if Patrick Bateman only killed because he was angry about other dudes banging Evelyn.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
July 29, 2013
Has all the elegance and depth of a daytime soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.3/10
July 30, 2013
A deeply ugly film from top to bottom, but more importantly, how can a collaboration between Lohan, Deen, Ellis and Schrader be so dull?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 1, 2013
Ellis' script seems to invite cartoonish over-stylization-an invitation that Schrader's jagged, jarring direction resists at every opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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 2, 2013
Schrader just seems angry, as if he's using this film as a tinny megaphone for an announcement of his displeasure with a Hollywood that's left him behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
August 14, 2013
Partly funded by Kickstarter and notoriously troubled, The Canyons is hardly worth the effort, an impotent attempt at contemporary noir that ultimately can't perform.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.2/10
August 14, 2013
It sidesteps tawdriness only to succumb to torpor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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
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
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