Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 75
    Marcia Gay Harden finds a fine balance between madness and the temptations of overacting. Yes, she runs wild sometimes, but always as a human being, not as a caricature.
  2. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    Canvas is a thoughtful, sweet film that handles its difficult topic--schizophrenia--with tact and tenderness.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    A sincere, slow-paced drama about a Florida family dealing with schizophrenia, Canvas is never terribly convincing, despite being inspired by writer-director Joseph Greco's life growing up with a mentally ill mother.
  4. Though Harden has the showier role, a subdued Pantoliano is the movie's real star. Sometimes, the quietest performances are the most powerful.
  5. 75
    Harden and Pantoliano (especially) can be two of the most over-the-top performers in the business, but they don't strike a false note in Canvas - and neither does this heartbreaking movie.
  6. This autobiographical tale of a 10-year-old boy coping with his mother's severe illness boasts terrific performances from its three leads -- Joe Pantoliano, Marcia Gay Harden and young Devon Gearhart.
  7. A movie that rings emotionally true, despite structural contrivances and dim, washed-out color.
  8. 63
    Often rings painfully true, but would have benefited from judicious editing.
  9. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    First-rate performances, an uncompromising point of view and a fresh take on a well-worn movie subject -- madness.
  10. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Greco's sincerity is so palpable that the frequent uplift feels deserved, but with just-passable filmmaking and the demeaning score, Canvas falls somewhere between powerful indie and made-for-TV diversion.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. KehG
    Oct 22, 2007
    Poignant, tender, and very well acted.
  2. CyndiS.
    Oct 18, 2007
    I love a movie that breaks my heart wide open and allows me to feel to the depth of my soul- haven't felt this emotionally wrung out in a long time---and that's a great thing for a movie!! I wish they made more movies like this. Full Review »