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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

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