Laurel Canyon

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61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics What's this?

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Universal acclaim- based on 49 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    90
    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. McDormand has never been better, but all the performances are interestingly nuanced, including Natascha McElhone's as one of Bale's fellow psychiatric interns.
  3. 75
    Bale, one of the most intriguing actors of his generation, plays a young man rebelling against his liberal upbringing with a mix of bemusement and lost-puppy anguish, making this film as much about mothers and sons as struggling couples.
  4. Inasmuch as Cholodenko has an agenda in her two movies so far -- what appears to be a lesbian-positive theme of openness to experimentation and its accompanying emotional costs -- she's found a model in McDormand's portrayal of Jane.
  5. The story is less a sustained narrative than a series of scenes. But personal dynamics are the main event, and McDormand's powerhouse performance alone compensates for many minor deficiencies.
  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: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8

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