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John Marino is a Florida construction worker struggling to make ends meet, while bringing up his son, Chris, and dealing with the increasing irrationality of Mary, his schizophrenic wife. For Chris, his mother's erratic behavior begins to have negative consequences at school. And, after Mary's hospitalization, a lonely John begins to build a sailboat that recalls a happier time in his life. Underlying the relationship between father and son is the belief that Mary will be better and the fear that she never will.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though Canvas may not deviate much from the formula followed by so many other movies about families imperiled by health crises, it's unusually perceptive about the ways that loved ones process (or fail to process) the resulting stress."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"Writer-director Joseph Greco makes a nice feature-film debut telling a true, disturbing story about a 10-year-old boy struggling to cope with a schizophrenic mother."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"It's worth hanging on for where Greco goes with this."
‑ John Griffin, Montreal Gazette
"[A] strong first feature."
‑ Chad Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"Greco takes his biggest risk, perhaps, when he puts that boat in water with father and son manning the sails. It could be a mawkish scene that sinks everything that came before it, but like the watercraft that symbolizes so much, the movie remains afloat."
‑ Pam Grady,
"It's like a public service announcement with dialogue."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Canvas just doesn't sketch a sufficiently vivid portrait."
‑ , Los Angeles Times
"Movies don't come more personal than Canvas, writer/director/co-producer Joseph Greco's serious-minded exploration of the devastating effects unleashed by mental illness upon an otherwise tightly knit American family."
‑ Chris Alexander, Metro
"If it weren't for the terrific performances, Canvas would be a dull and lifeless film; Marcia Gay Harden explores the schizophrenic character of Mary with a judicial technique that is both compassionate and credible."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Small and slow-moving, and not in a way that means finely detailed and pensive."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"A pair of well-shaded performances by Joe Pantoliano and Marcia Gay Harden dignifies a sincere but innocuous look at a blue-collar husband's struggle with his wife's schizophrenia."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"Canvas is worth seeing for the acting, but the disease-of-the-week conventions and hackneyed visuals pretty well knock the wind out of its sails."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"There is something to be said for a filmmaker like Greco who takes the truth -- no matter how tough it is -- and turns it into a compelling drama about people we might know in life."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"Greco succeeds where many others have failed in giving a real sense of what it is to grow up with a parent who's hobbled by mental illness."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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