Laurel Canyon
Laurel Canyon (2003)

Writer/director Lisa Cholodenko follows up her much-acclaimed 1997 debut High Art with this examination of a young couple seduced into a hedonistic, left-coast lifestyle. Taking its title from its central locale, Laurel Canyon focuses on a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 7, 2003
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though the movie itself is flawed, McDormand is fantastic as Jane.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The movie's contrivances begin to rankle.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

McDormand is superb. Likewise Bale and Nivola.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

It's a story about how people get seduced by Los Angeles. That still happens, you know.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Fizzles out in the third act, but we're long past caring. By then, Frances McDormand has usurped the movie and turned it into a lesson in character acting.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

If there is one reason to see Laurel Canyon, it's to witness McDormand in the kind of role she's long deserved.

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Emanuel Levy

As a follow up to High Art, this melodrama is not as good or provocative as Cholodenko's debut. Even so, the film deals with female (lesbian) sexuality and as such deserves recognition.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Self-discovery seems to be the goal, but the revelations hardly seem worth the work.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Laurel Canyon's end isn't entirely satisfying, but the story works.

Rob Gonsalves

It pulled me in with its friendly, inclusive, nonjudgmental appraisal of human nature.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Relatively subtle, decently played inter-generational relationship drama - ultimately... kinda unsatisfying as a story. Felt like the film-maker had good… More
Leigh Ryan
Sexy strange.
Conner Rainwater
A good dramatic story with a comedic side. It relies on the acting talents to carry the story, who do that quite well. Christian Bale, Kate Beckinsale and… More
jay nixon
frances mcdormand is fine as usual and its an interesting film but it rambles.
Corey Wood
"Christan Bale and Kate Beckansale deliver a wonderful delight" I really enjoyed this movie. This one of Christan Bale's first and best… More
Michael Gildea
Bale and Beckinsale play the most attractive and also the most boring couple alive and you're begging for them to break up by the end of the movie. The… More