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: October 12, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008
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Critic Score: 78% 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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Los Angeles Times

Canvas just doesn't sketch a sufficiently vivid portrait.

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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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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.

Chris Alexander

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.

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.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

I can see why it was a hit at film festivals. I only hope it now gets its due in theaters.

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: 61% 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