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  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Stephen Rodrick's New York Times article about the making of The Canyons had humor, suspense and propulsion. They should have made that movie. What we have here is dead on arrival. show more

  • 25
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The Canyons is billed as an erotic thriller, but the sexcapades of these empty-headed twentysomethings are far more likely to elicit yawns than titillation. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The Canyons has more in common with Schrader’s opulent immoral tableaux “The Comfort of Strangers,” “Auto Focus” and “The Walker” than with his other work (including the script for “Taxi Driver”). It’s weaker than those, though, and less biting. show more

  • 30
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Far from the renegade, boundary-pushing, sexually explicit sensation that its makers have been suggesting, The Canyons is a lame, one-dimensional and ultimately dreary look at peripheral Hollywood types not worth anyone's time either onscreen or in real life. show more

  • 30
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    Judging from the lack of care that went into making this one, I'm not so sure how much Schrader cares about the movies anymore either. show more

  • 53
    Film.com

    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 a slog. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    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 instructor who knows every producer and they all swap partners and dance. Constantly. show more

  • 63
    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 interested in expositional conversation and a sustained tone of bleached-out melancholy than cranking up the heat. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    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 director who still cares. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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 that we don't care. show more

  • August 09, 2013 my00000000160711
    Report This User

    Watched this the other night On Demand and it was so good that I now want to go see it in the Theaters!!!!!!!!

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