From our staff review:
"All of this is far from perfect, but it’s also far from an out-and-out train wreck. With its inconsistencies and a few questionable plot elements (and a “twist” ending which works better as a thesis statement than an actual plot development), the parts are certainly greater than the whole in The Canyons, but those parts bristle with such style, such cinematic audacity that the film, however flawed, is destined to live on in moviegoers’ minds and hearts much longer than less flawed, less ambitious counterparts. It’s either a highly flawed masterpiece, or a hot mess with moments of sublime brilliance. Either way, it’s a potent cinematic experience that commands multiple viewings."