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A newly married couple finds their dream honeymoon turned into a survivalist nightmare in the indie thriller The Canyon. After eloping to Las Vegas, newlyweds Nick (Eion Bailey) and Lori (Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski) decide to take a mule tour of the Grand Canyon. But the pleasure trip turns deadly when the pair's untrustworthy guide, Henry (Will Patton), gets them lost in the Arizona desert, leading to their desperate fight for survival in the unforgiving wilderness. ~ Sandra Bencic, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If well-meaning people didn't make stupid choices -- and if cellphones worked everywhere -- way fewer vacation-from-hell thrillers would probably be made."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Hint to newlyweds: Don't honeymoon in a primeval wilderness populated by diamondback rattlesnakes, aggressive wolves and alcoholic wilderness guides."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Watch this... or a giant hole in the ground. Same difference."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"The Canyon attests to how a first-rate character actor can elevate a poor film to the ranks of the mediocre."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Competent execution and respectable performances still can't save this threadbare attempt at a minimalistic Deliverance."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"The Canyon is undermined by the expectation of a big payoff that never comes."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"The Canyon is so singularly inept it gives you a whole new appreciation for the ept."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Take Open Water, subtract the Caribbean, substitute the Grand Canyon, and you have The Canyon."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"For a story so bald on narrative incident, The Canyon is sweaty-palms scary."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The best thing about this would-be nature thriller is Will Patton's zesty performance as a cackling, crazed muleskinner, a wily old hand who exits far too soon. There's nothing much to replace him, so we're in for a long 102 minutes."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The Canyon could be named for the gaping expanse between its preposterously silly dialogue and sturdy, at times urgent direction."
‑ Rob Nelson, Variety
"A taut, unpredictable and intense thriller. You'll never look at the Grand Canyon the same way again."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"We've seen much of The Canyon before, but the crisp execution transforms the film into more than just a boilerplate thriller."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
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