Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A romantic comedy of grace notes and mini-epiphanies -- mini, that is, except for Ms. McDormand's Jane, who is memorable to the max.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Cholodenko takes us inside a bohemian hive where everyone buzzes around the Queen Bee. McDormand is superb. Likewise Bale and Nivola.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The story of Laurel Canyon doesn't ultimately live up to the technical polish Cholodenko brings to it, but it's worth a visit if you want to check out the latest emotional vibes emanating from the Hollywood Hills.
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Chicago Tribune

By Loren King
Laurel Canyon itself feels musical: languid, rich in color and light, and deliciously sensual.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Ultimately lacks the narrative muscle that could have made it great. But it does have McDormand, who is great in this, her best showcase since "Fargo."
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Compelling tale of a free-spirited record producer, played with perfect pitch by Frances McDormand.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Frances McDormand rescues this role from the throes of cliche. It's as though drippy dialogue and sappy rock were a small price to pay for a part that lets her flash her breasts, get stoned, and join in a three-way.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The characters are tedious, as are the fussy performances of Bale and Beckinsale. Everything good in this rock & roll fantasy belongs to the sexy, worldly-wise McDormand, who makes Jane ripe, real, and irresistible.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
An underdevelopment of a bad idea that is entertaining, so far as it is, because of McDormand's totally unselfconscious performance. This wonderful actress is never less than interesting, and even as a caricature of a stereotype, she's fun to watch.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A clumsy package of clichés.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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