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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

3 stars

Relatively subtle, decently played inter-generational relationship drama - ultimately... kinda unsatisfying as a story. Felt like the film-maker had good characters, actors and settings... but it kinda went fffftt. Could have been good. Reminded me a little of Beatty and Ashby's Shampoo. I dug the establishing aerial sequence.

- brooklynspo, Tuesday, January 22, 2008

3 stars

A good dramatic story with a comedic side. It relies on the acting talents to carry the story, who do that quite well. Christian Bale, Kate Beckinsale and Frances McDormand all gave strong performances and worked quite well together. I feel that the movie lacked a message, but it was still enjoyable.

- ythelastman89, Friday, November 20, 2009

5 stars

"Christan Bale and Kate Beckansale deliver a wonderful delight" I really enjoyed this movie. This one of Christan Bale's first and best films. Its about alot of things like affairs, relationships, mother and son, and rockers who do anything for sex. Its a big drama that anyone can enjoy. Watch this movie because it delivers more than you'd think.

- Screeny, Wednesday, August 6, 2008