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Mixed or average reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 35
  2. Negative: 13 out of 35

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  1. Aug 4, 2013
    This movie is not the best film i ever seen, but is goog and the Lindsay performance was excellent, i think that the actors did a great job in this film.
  2. Aug 4, 2013
    The movie was getting bashed by critics even before it started production last Summer once Lindsay Lohan joined the film. Lindsay's performance is actually quite good. This is a very dark and edgy film and it really allows that side of her persona to flesh out throughout the twisted plot.

    I felt that the movie was well written and directed for a low-budget film. I loved the whole
    montage of closed cinemas throughout the movie and the way that young spoiled people in Hollywood behave. Lohan plays the role of damaged Tara flawlessly with seemingly little to no effort.

    I feel that nobody should take what the critics say seriously because most of them don't appear to have any taste in films these days. Whatever films they praise, turn out to be mundane dramas with no substance and they curse rare gems like this. Please watch the movie and ignore the negative publicity.

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 30
  2. Negative: 14 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Adam Lowes
    May 21, 2014
    Despite a liberal dose of full frontal nudity, The Canyons fails to fully revel in its sleaze, struggling to even work as a deadpan satire on the kind of vacuous and deadened Hollywood types Easton Ellis brought to life in the pages of his debut novel, Less Than Zero.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Aug 22, 2013
    The Canyons comes across as a desperate gambit for relevance by a group of artists who want to reinvent themselves but don't know how. Fittingly, that's the theme of the film itself.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Aug 15, 2013
    The best acting in The Canyons is done by the porn star. That might be all you need to know about this film, which is the kind of vapid, self-consciously artsy, waste-of-time movie that might never have seen the light of day (or the dark of theater) and would have gone straight to VOD were it not for the triple-threat name-recognition trio of the actress Lindsay Lohan, the director Paul Schrader and the writer Bret Easton Ellis.