Canvas
Canvas (2007)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 29, 2008
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Canvas is a faithful portrayal of mental illness highlighted by terrific performances.

Jason Anderson
Toronto Star

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.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

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John Griffin
Montreal Gazette

It's worth hanging on for where Greco goes with this.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

It's like a public service announcement with dialogue.

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Los Angeles Times

Canvas just doesn't sketch a sufficiently vivid portrait.

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Chris Alexander
Metro

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.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York

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.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

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.

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Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
An intimate tale of mental illness and its effects on a family, Canvas has some holes, but the restrained performances of Pantalione and Gay-Harden kept me very… More