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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. A romantic comedy of grace notes and mini-epiphanies -- mini, that is, except for Ms. McDormand's Jane, who is memorable to the max.
  2. 80
    This is a plum of a part, and McDormand gorges herself. [10 March 2003, p. 94]
  3. The story of Laurel Canyon doesn't ultimately live up to the technical polish Cholodenko brings to it, but it's worth a visit if you want to check out the latest emotional vibes emanating from the Hollywood Hills.
  4. 63
    The performers are all keen at expressing different variations on uptightness and with-itness. And McDormand is sensational.
  5. 60
    The spectacle of pretty people floating languidly across the screen notwithstanding, Laurel Canyon is short on conviction and long on contrivance. McDormand, however, has a ball.
  6. 50
    Not a successful movie--it's too stilted and pre-programmed to come alive--but in the center of it McDormand occupies a place for her character and makes that place into a brilliant movie of its own.
  7. 25
    A clumsy package of clichés.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8

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