The Canyons
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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 the young Angelenos into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature. (c) IFC

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

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"It believes it's taking risks it actually has no interest in taking, that it's seeing profundity in the showbiz shallows."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"If the creation of self-important tedium were a competitive sport, "The Canyons" would take home the gold."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles 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."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"Although the movie is flawed, [Lohan's] pretty terrific ..."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Radio Times
"The group sex sessions are briefly interesting, not for their titillation value but the shifting powerplays that emerge between the main characters."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"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."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"An inept, misanthropic melodrama written by novelist Bret Easton Ellis and funded mostly through a Kickstarter campaign."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Merely confirms Schrader as an all-but spent force (it's been largely downhill since the dismal Dominion) and nails Bret Easton Ellis as a one-trick pony."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"The first question you'll ask yourself while walking out of The Canyons is, "What were they thinking?" The second may be "Were they thinking at all?""
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Lindsay Lohan's car crash career receives another nasty bump in The Canyons, a turgid, very low-budget wallow in Beverly Hills sleaze."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
""The Canyons" is one of those movies that makes you feel worse just for having watched it."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"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."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"The Canyons is flawed in a number of ways, but it remains a genuinely curious proposition (no, seriously) due to the unusual nature of its production and the eclectic assortment of talent involved."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"Largely set to go down as an embarrassing footnote in the careers of both its screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis and director Paul Schrader - unless, by some miracle, it gains cult success for its awfulness."
‑ James Mottram, The List
"The Canyons deserves a look."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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