While calculating young movie producer Christian (Deen) makes films to keep his trust fund intact, his actress girlfriend, Tara (Lohan), hides an affair with an actor from her past. But Christian becomes aware of her infidelity, which leads the young Angelenos into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
An inept, misanthropic melodrama written by novelist Bret Easton Ellis and funded mostly through a Kickstarter campaign.Claudia Puig, USA Today, 08.08.2013
If the creation of self-important tedium were a competitive sport, "The Canyons" would take home the gold.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 08.08.2013
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, 08.02.2013
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, 08.08.2013