The Canyons
The Canyons (2013)

While calculating young movie producer Christian (Deen) makes films to keep his trust fund intact, his actress girlfriend, Tara (Lohan), hides an affair with an actor from her past. But Christian becomes aware of her infidelity, which leads… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 2, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2013
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Oppressively misanthropic and ineptly made, The Canyons serves as a sour footnote in Paul Schrader's career -- but it does feature some decent late-period work from Lindsay Lohan.

Wesley Morris

It believes it's taking risks it actually has no interest in taking, that it's seeing profundity in the showbiz shallows.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

If the creation of self-important tedium were a competitive sport, "The Canyons" would take home the gold.

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Rob Gonsalves

Very little animating emotion to explain why the film had to be made, why the story needed to be told.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Ellis throws in lots of references to social media in a desperate bid for cultural currency, while Schrader intersperses the drama with pretentious shots of boarded-up movie theaters to suggest this is all a metaphor for the death of cinema.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

An inept, misanthropic melodrama written by novelist Bret Easton Ellis and funded mostly through a Kickstarter campaign.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

With the pungent combination of a script from novelist Bret Easton Ellis, a performance by Lindsay Lohan and direction by Paul Schrader, The Canyons might have been a micro-budget sensation, but sadly it reeks of laziness.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"The Canyons" is one of those movies that makes you feel worse just for having watched it.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

A tale of young, vapid, sexually insatiable Z-listers in Hollywood had the credentials to be deliciously awful fun but almost every time something tawdry (and potentially interesting) is about to happen, the film pulls its punches and leaves the action.

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times

Schrader's idea of a modern-day noir has promise but Ellis' script lets him down and leaves the actors adrift with no scenes to play.

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Flixster Audience Score: 15% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Apart from Lohan, nearly everyone else in the cast is just lame (Deen should stay in porn), having to deliver some ridiculous exposition amid an atmosphere of… More
Dann Michalski
Lindsay Lohan continues to flush her career down the toilet with the trashy, exploitation film The Canyons. Dealing with themes of sex, control, and obsession,… More
Everett Johnson
** I was reading Entertainment Weekly this past weekend when I came across a review for "The Canyons". They gave it a B+ and I had never heard of… More
Christopher Haskell
Not intellectual but ultra sexual, "The Canyons" takes a down-and-out Lindsay Lohan and delivers a novelty in the form of nudity and sensuality. Gone… More
Nate Zoebl
Before Veronica Mars success on the high-profile crowd-sourced fundraising site Kickstarter, there was The Canyons. Written by novelist Bret Easton Ellis… More
Chris Hernandez
I'm going to keep it short and sweet. The dialogue in The Canyons is cringe-worthy... the only thing I really could appreciate was the look + music. Out of… More