"Pick of the week: No, I'm not kidding... As a visual symphony, The Canyons is often masterful, and while it may be pornographic in places, it's never campy. At the center of its cold, beautiful and half-dead world is the almost incandescent Lindsay Lohan, burning like a flawed diamond" Salon.com
"[Paul] Schrader's obsessive cinema is lustrous and sinuous... [Lindsay Lohan's] performance itself is electrifyingly alive; the convergence of performer and person is wondrous" New Yorker
"Compelling" Film Comment
"A tight, diverting piece of work... [Lohan} taps a vulnerability beneath her dissolution to remind you why she's still a movie star" Entertainment Weekly
"For all the lurid subject matter...and stories of on-set dramas, the film is not sensationalistic. Such remoteness recalls the styles of directors like Bresson and Ozu, who influenced Schrader so much earlier in his career" PopMatters
Director Paul Schrader (American Gigolo, Affliction) and writer Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho) join forces for this incendiary erotic thriller set in the lower-rungs of modern-day Hollywood.
Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls) stars as Tara, a young actress who, after growing bored with her scheming movie producer boyfriend Christian (adult film star James Deen), rekindles an affair with a former flame. When Christian learns of her infidelity, the couple is soon thrust into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature.
The Canyons is a knock-out film that modernizes the sleaze and alienation which Bret Eaton Ellis and Paul Schrader had mastered earlier in their careers. It is a notorious viewing experience which proves that Lindsay Lohan commands our attention on a deeper than tabloid level in this challenging film about sex, deception and smartphones. With a special appearance by Gus van Sant.