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Based on 36 Reviews
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  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A clumsy package of clichés. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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." show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Compelling tale of a free-spirited record producer, played with perfect pitch by Frances McDormand. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A romantic comedy of grace notes and mini-epiphanies -- mini, that is, except for Ms. McDormand's Jane, who is memorable to the max. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Cholodenko takes us inside a bohemian hive where everyone buzzes around the Queen Bee. McDormand is superb. Likewise Bale and Nivola. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 75
    Loren King Chicago Tribune

    Laurel Canyon itself feels musical: languid, rich in color and light, and deliciously sensual. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    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. show more

  • 75
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Bale, one of the most intriguing actors of his generation, plays a young man rebelling against his liberal upbringing with a mix of bemusement and lost-puppy anguish, making this film as much about mothers and sons as struggling couples. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    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. show more

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