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The Canyons Reviews

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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 8, 2013
If the creation of self-important tedium were a competitive sport, "The Canyons" would take home the gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 8, 2013
An inept, misanthropic melodrama written by novelist Bret Easton Ellis and funded mostly through a Kickstarter campaign.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 7, 2013
The Canyons is inept and de-energizing, and Lindsay Lohan is enough to make you cry.
August 4, 2013
Sadly, this is a case when the behind-the-scenes story is more intriguing than the one told in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 2, 2013
The Canyons isn't just bad, it's rank - and it takes a peculiar sort of integrity to denude the frame of life to the point where it smells to heaven.
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 2, 2013
You could put a lot of work into figuring out what's wrong here, but why bother? Pretty much everything's wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: D
August 2, 2013
"The Canyons" isn't a movie, it's a small, sad, real-life object lesson: This is what happens when you don't hold on tight to all that you've earned. This is what happens when you throw away what you've been lucky enough to be given.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 1, 2013
As a visual symphony, "The Canyons" is often masterful, and while it may be pornographic in places, it's never campy.
August 1, 2013
Despite its impressive pedigree and unorthodox methods, "The Canyons" is hopelessly thin, clumsy and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 1, 2013
Those open to a chilly exploration of Hollywood anomie may be surprised at how compelling this tale of amoral showbiz outsiders often manages to be.
August 1, 2013
A dispiriting, unpleasurable work punctuated with flashes of vitalizing vulgarity.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 1, 2013
If the subtext of this misbegotten parade of lame shock tactics is the death of cinema, then The Canyons certainly knows how to nail the coffin shut.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 1, 2013
The Canyons, a howlingly bad soap-opera-meets-soft-core-porn mash-up, sticks a cinematic fork into Lindsay Lohan, signalling her screen career is well and truly done.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
July 31, 2013
There is much ... noirish kink and duplicity on hand. But Schrader tries to find the human side of it all, and he scores with Lohan, who taps a vulnerability beneath her dissolution to remind you why she's still a movie star.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 30, 2013
A movie can be highly imperfect, stilted, or implausible in all sorts of ways-and still be everything you go to the movies for.
July 30, 2013
When he isn't indulging in pretentious shots of abandoned, ruined movie theaters, [Schrader] traffics in the kind of dirty-old-man cinema he used to be able to criticize from a distance in films like Auto Focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 30, 2013
Paul Schrader's miscast, poorly executed and utterly soulless drama is an example of the failing art form it seeks to indict.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
July 30, 2013
The banal script, from "American Psycho" novelist Bret Easton Ellis, feels like a Schrader parody. One effort at "Gigolo"-like neon-lit perversion looks more like an orgy in a laser-tag park.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 30, 2013
I've seen high school hygiene films that are steamier than this snoozer, notwithstanding the underwhelming "mainstream'' debut of popular porn star James Deen, who shouldn't give up his day job.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
July 29, 2013
Has all the elegance and depth of a daytime soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.3/10
July 29, 2013
The Canyons might have been more fun if it had a trashier, or less austere, style.
July 28, 2013
The guerrilla shoot seems to have reinvigorated Schrader, and the result is his most stylish picture in years, probably since "Auto Focus."
July 28, 2013
A lame, one-dimensional and ultimately dreary look at peripheral Hollywood types not worth anyone's time either onscreen or in real life.