Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Canyons Reviews

2.0

36

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally unfavorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    Schrader tries to find the human side of it all, and he scores with Lohan, who taps a vulnerability beneath her dissolution to remind you why she's still a movie star.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    VarietyScott Foundas

    The major exception is Lohan, who gives one of those performances, like Marlon Brando’s in “Last Tango in Paris,” that comes across as some uncanny conflagration of drama and autobiography. Lohan may not go as deep or as far as Brando, but with her puffy skin, gaudy hoop earrings and thick eye makeup, there’s a little-girl-lost quality to the onetime Disney teen princess that’s very affecting.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village VoiceStephanie Zacharek

    People who don't understand movies often speak of them as escapism, a kind of passive fantasy. Lohan's performance in The Canyons, so naked in all ways, is the ultimate retort to that kind of idiocy: To watch it is to live in the moment.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViewsJames Berardinelli

    The Canyons is a sleazy soap opera that fails primarily because it gives us no one to care about and no reason why we should be interested that we don't care.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips

    The Canyons may not work, and the sex (as well as the synthesized glop on the soundtrack) may be tragically unhip, but it was made by a director who still cares.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The New YorkerDavid Denby

    The Canyons is not porn, but it has the demoralized second-rateness and the lowlife inanity of the porn world.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterTodd McCarthy

    Far from the renegade, boundary-pushing, sexually explicit sensation that its makers have been suggesting, The Canyons is a lame, one-dimensional and ultimately dreary look at peripheral Hollywood types not worth anyone's time either onscreen or in real life.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    The Canyons is billed as an erotic thriller, but the sexcapades of these empty-headed twentysomethings are far more likely to elicit yawns than titillation.

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