The Canyons

2013

Action / Drama / Thriller

135
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 24%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 15%
IMDb Rating 3.9 10 9373

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Gus Van Sant as Dr. Campbell
James Deen as Christian
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1hr 39 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by michaeltrivedi 7 / 10

Good Movie

This is a very interesting watch. The combination of Ellis and Schrader is a genuine treat. Lohan does a great job of doing what she does. And the other actors brilliantly keep the movie rolling.

It is an intriguing story of actors and wealth in Los Angeles, particularly the Canyons. The film delves into pornography and murder, which at times can get rather boring. But it definitely held my attention, and is my favorite type of movie.

7 Stars

Reviewed by soundoflight 5 / 10

Flawed, but not as bad as the main rating makes it out to be

This is an interesting film, made for people who are into interesting films. But interesting doesn't necessarily mean good. While "The Canyons" managed to hold my attention throughout (a topless Lindsay Lohan at seemingly every opportunity doesn't hurt), it never really compelled me. It was kind of like watching a TV show when nothing else was on.

Probably the main failing of the film, and I'm unsure whether it was the acting, writing, or directing (I'm thinking the directing), was that the main character of Christian played by James Deen was in no way scary, crazy, or psychopathic, despite the fact that he was supposed to be. I can't help but think of that other Ellis vehicle "American Psycho" where Christian Bale and the director of that film made a highly compelling case of psychosis. If Bale and that director were transplanted into "The Canyons" in place of Deen and Schrader, we very well may have had a minor success, instead of a film that was almost universally panned.

I was going to really slam Paul Schrader's directing skills until I saw the budget. Now I'm reconsidering. On a dollar/goodness ratio the movie seems a bit remarkable. There are multi-million dollar movies that I would never willingly sit through again, but I could probably be convinced to give "The Canyons" another spin someday. All that being said, I do think the film suffers from poor production, bad music, and I still don't think Paul Schrader is a very good director.

I'm not privy to what sort of machismo made Ellis/Schrader/The producers decide that $250K was enough to make this movie, but they were wrong, and end product suffered as a result. There is a sub- theme that kind of cast derision on the entire film industry and Hollywood itself, and it seems like this bled through into the production itself. The irony is that such an attitude makes it impossible to actually make a successful film, and it begs the question to the aforementioned group: "why even bother?"

Reviewed by BrazenBrunhilda 1 / 10

Simply horrible.

I will not regurgitate the story line of this horrendous clunker of a film, The Canyons; there are many reviews outlining this stark, confusing and confounded movie, so I won't bore anyone with a redundant rehashing of this freakishly odd, depraved and lackluster bomb. All I can offer are a few, hopefully non-cruel notes on the sad fate of it's pathetic, washed up lead actress, Lindsy Lohan. Oops, so much for not being cruel. This film (more like student made video) is a true life commentary on the pitfalls and repercussions of allowing oneself to drug and drink her way into oblivion as Miss Lohan has apparently and unfortunately done. This once beautiful and talented young actress was teetering at the precipice of super stardom; now, she is a terribly aged has-been addict who has run her career and life down the proverbial tube. We have watched in horror, and perhaps morbid curiosity, as this young woman has circled the drain and finally sunk into a virtual abyss of failure, and in the end, written herself into the annals of infamy. It's a very depressing sight to behold. In this instance, art really does imitate life. Well, at least REALLY bad art. Lindsy accepted a role befitting a faded and torn painting of her own life. Maybe she took a major turn at Method Acting. Maybe she could truly see herself mirrored in her character. Maybe this putrid film is another note in her real life swan song. Maybe The Canyons is so hard to watch because I actually see a glimpse of the real Lindsy Lohan in a more heartbreaking light. Then again, maybe I am just trying to justify the very existence of this crud-fest in my own philosophical way.

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