The Canyons Synopsis
Young Angelenos are led into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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...
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
You’d have to go back to the ’80s to find a film with this jaded a view of Hollywood, a town where every aspiring actor knows every yoga...
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Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
People who don't understand movies often speak of them as escapism, a kind of passive fantasy. Lohan's performance in The Canyons, so naked...
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By Scott Foundas
The major exception is Lohan, who gives one of those performances, like Marlon Brando’s in “Last Tango in Paris,” that comes across as some...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

The Canyons is actually anything but gratuitously sensational. On the contrary, it’s rather restrained, even conservative affair, far more...
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The Canyons has all the elegance and depth of a daytime soap opera, peppered with flashes of name brand nudity for a tantalizing hook. It’s...
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The Dissolve

By Matt Singer
If Schrader and Ellis set out to prove that movies are dying or already dead, they might have done their job too well. The Canyons doesn’t...
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By James Berardinelli
The Canyons is a sleazy soap opera that fails primarily because it gives us no one to care about and no reason why we should be interested...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The Canyons may not work, and the sex (as well as the synthesized glop on the soundtrack) may be tragically unhip, but it was made by a...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Canyons is billed as an erotic thriller, but the sexcapades of these empty-headed twentysomethings are far more likely to elicit yawns...
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Waste of money!

By missdwvu
One of the worst movies I've ever seen! Looks like they were on the set of a cheap 90s porno. And horrible, confusing story line (if you can call it that)...

It sucked.

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By blakewolfssn
I left the theater, stupefied. If you like the movies, you'll like this. It is a movie, and a curiosity, nonetheless....

By Casey1122
Another amateur bad movie. Horrible acting- boring dialogue. Even trashed Lindsay can't warrant a "train wreck" viewing. James seen is a joke. Try getting through 30 minutes- you'll never do it. ...

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By vanbarron2000
I mean coming from a Lindsay fan since Parent Trap...she was a big let down in this movie, especially when she needed a chance to show herself. Aside from that the plot felt just lead by no purpose...

Worth seeing

By agallamore1980
The Canyons is a low budget film and it is very obvious. However, if you can get past that point the movie is good and will leave you feeling like you need to shower off all of the Hollywood...

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Rated NR | For Graphic Nudity, Brief Drug Use, A Bloody Crime Scene, Language Throughout and Strong Sexual Content
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Common Sense Media says Bleak film has unlikable characters, much sex, little point.
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