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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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88

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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75

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...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Loren King
Laurel Canyon itself feels musical: languid, rich in color and light, and deliciously sensual.
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75

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...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Compelling tale of a free-spirited record producer, played with perfect pitch by Frances McDormand.
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63

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...
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58

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...
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50

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...
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A clumsy package of clichés.
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Rated R | For sexuality, language and drug use