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  • Summary: Ten-year-old Chris Marino just wants to be normal, but his mother's bouts of paranoia and delusion give new meaning to the term "dysfunctional family." His dad, John, breaks his back as a construction worker struggling to pay for Mary's doctor bills and searching for the right medicine to treat her schizophrenia, which leaves little time or energy to give to his son. When Mary's behavior takes a dangerous turn, father and son watch helplessly as the police drag Mary out of the house to hospitalize her in a mental institution. (Screen Media Films) Expand
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  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    First-rate performances, an uncompromising point of view and a fresh take on a well-worn movie subject -- madness.
  3. 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.
  4. A movie that rings emotionally true, despite structural contrivances and dim, washed-out color.
  5. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    Canvas is a thoughtful, sweet film that handles its difficult topic--schizophrenia--with tact and tenderness.
  6. Though Harden has the showier role, a subdued Pantoliano is the movie's real star. Sometimes, the quietest performances are the most powerful.
  7. 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.

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