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Laurel Canyon


Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand stars in the sexy and witty story of a hard-living rock-and-roll record producer who finds herself unexpectedly sharing a house with her straight-laced son and his super-conservative bride- to-be.

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Fresh: If there is one reason to see Laurel Canyon, it's to witness McDormand in the kind of role she's long deserved.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, April 11, 2003

Rotten: Self-discovery seems to be the goal, but the revelations hardly seem worth the work.

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Friday, April 18, 2003

Fresh: McDormand is superb. Likewise Bale and Nivola.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, April 17, 2003

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Christian Bale is criminally underused in this movie, which is empowered strictly by the skill of Frances McDormand. I didn't like it but Frances McDormand is always superb.

- samanthaseaotter, Monday, July 12, 2010

3 stars

Simple movie with allot of complex themes. The acting was great and I really loved all the characters. I really didn't like the ending, thought it was wrapped up too quickly. Overall it was a decent movie, nothing crazy but entertaining none the less!

- IRubster, Saturday, January 31, 2009

3 stars

frances mcdormand is fine as usual and its an interesting film but it rambles.

- jjnxn, Friday, April 27, 2007