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: 22% 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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John Lui
The Straits Times (Singapore)

Two problems that plague too many films labelled as erotic thrillers cling to this work: It is neither erotic nor much of a thriller.

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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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Nick Newman
The Film Stage

The Canyons rapidly evolves into a film hopelessly at odds with itself.

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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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Jason Bailey

Bret Easton Ellis's screenplay is filled with the worst kind of tin-eared dialogue and situations that seldom rise above their soapish base instincts, and in the third act, he clearly just gives up and turns one of his characters into Patrick Bateman.

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Flixster Audience Score: 15% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Apart from Lohan, almost everyone else in the cast is just lame (Deen should stay in porn) and has 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