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The Canyons

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Paul Schrader

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About the Movie

This movie has been modified by the distributor for its original theatrical version. Notorious writer Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) and acclaimed director Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver and director of American Gigolo) join forces for this explicitly erotic thriller about youth, glamour, sex and surveillance. Manipulative and scheming young movie producer Christian (adult film star James Deen) makes films to keep his trust fund intact, while his actress girlfriend and bored plaything, Tara (Lindsay Lohan), hides a passionate affair with an actor from her past. When Christian becomes aware of Tara's infidelity, the young Angelenos are thrust into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 88
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 68
  • Average Rating: 4.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: An inept, misanthropic melodrama written by novelist Bret Easton Ellis and funded mostly through a Kickstarter campaign. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Aug 8, 2013

Rotten: If the creation of self-important tedium were a competitive sport, "The Canyons" would take home the gold. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Aug 8, 2013

Rotten: Schrader just seems angry, as if he's using this film as a tinny megaphone for an announcement of his displeasure with a Hollywood that's left him behind. – Ian Buckwalter, NPR, Aug 2, 2013

Rotten: A tale of young, vapid, sexually insatiable Z-listers in Hollywood had the credentials to be deliciously awful fun but almost every time something tawdry (and potentially interesting) is about to happen, the film pulls its punches and leaves the action. – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 8, 2013

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Customer Reviews

I loved it! Ignore the critics.

The movie was getting bashed by critics even before it started production last summer once Lindsay Lohan joined the film. It appears that the critics only problem with the film is Lohan. Her 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 they don't appear to have any taste in films. 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.

I got a fever

and the only prescription is more Lindsay! She's perfect for this LA-noir film and commands every scene she is in. I think if you can relate to her character this film is really amazing. Nice to see her back on track. All in all a cool film that captures aspects of souless LA in the 2010's. Something you won't get in a studio film.

Go Lindsay!

Much better than anticipated.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2013

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