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2 Days in the Valley (1996)

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60

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 21

A labyrinthine thriller with a host of memorable characters, 2 Days in the Valley is an uneven but intriguing thriller/black comedy.

69

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 4

A labyrinthine thriller with a host of memorable characters, 2 Days in the Valley is an uneven but intriguing thriller/black comedy.

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Average Rating: 3/5
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Movie Info

A variety of crooks, losers, and working stiffs living in the shadow of Hollywood find their various personal crises overlapping in this intricately woven melodrama. Lee Woods (James Spader) is a cold-blooded hit man and Dosmo Pizzo (Danny Aiello) a soft-at-heart gangster; they've been sent to murder Roy Foxx (Peter Horton), the former husband of also-ran Olympic skier Becky Foxx (Teri Hatcher). Lee's girlfriend Helga (Charlize Theron) is unhappy about his habit of killing people, and she

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

John Herzfeld

Aug 7, 2001

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To the director's credit, the actors all seem responsive to his touch, giving performances that are lively and flavorsome, if not deep or unlike anything each of them has done before.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Herzfeld has a tolerable eye for filling a 'Scope frame but a tin ear when it comes to creating dialogue; these are all characters we've met before, and most even seem bored with themselves.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Smoothly constructed, for such a busy piece of work, and Hatcher's ascent to stardom continues.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A sleek, amusingly nasty screen debut by a film maker whose television credits include an Amy Fisher docudrama.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Funny, pathetic, sad, absurdist -- writer-director John Herzfeld plays it any number of ways, and makes them all work.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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There are too many characters, but some are a lot of fun. The tone shifts, from graphic murder to wig-flipping farce, are too extreme, but much of it works.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A sharp, smart movie peppered with A-grade performances from its B-list cast.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
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It's not that this is a bad, blackly comic slice-of-lowlife: It's just that you've just seen it all before.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A quirky, multi-character collage that skillfully keeps you off balance, not knowing where it's headed.

December 8, 2007
FulvueDrive-in.com

One constant is its lovely cinematography. Another is its utter insignificance.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

When the highlight of your movie is a catfight between Teri Hatcher and Charlize Theron...well, it's not necessarily a bad thing, but it couldve been better

November 3, 2005
Film Threat

Charlize Theron is super-sexy, and devilishy memorable

March 10, 2005
Moviehole

an intelligent thriller - a nice surprise

September 19, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

This smart movie never seemed smart.

June 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Closer to straightforward drama than black comedy.

January 13, 2004 Full Review
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Among the many lacking Pulp Fiction carbon copies that refuses to realize its surrealistic shortcomings. An exaggerated and aimless mess starving for attention

May 24, 2003
Movie Eye

Like its protagonists, it misses the target by inches.

February 24, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

An ensemble-cast mishmash of crime and betrayal that manages to work.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

This movie isn't bad for mere entertainment, but it's overshadowed by other, better movies in the same genre.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Herzfeld's marriage of dark humor with graphic violence isn't compatible, and his occasional moral statements about cheapened life stick out like sore thumbs.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A somewhat entertaining ride to nowhere in particular.

April 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
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Audience Reviews for 2 Days in the Valley

AA great movie. Somehow I have run into a string of movies lately where the lives of about 6 people all intertwine with each other during the movie. This one is the best of all. Danny Aiello plays an excellent part, along with Paul Mazursky. What we have is a divorced couple, and the wife pays to have her husband killed, which sets of a sequence of events that not only are comical but also suspenseful at times. The Sound Track helps make this a 5 star movie. get it anyway you can, its excellent. 5 STARS
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A great cast and a good film but it seemed like it was trying to be something it wasn?t, an American Mike Leigh film if you will!
September 24, 2009
SirPant

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this movies kicks ass on many levels
June 14, 2009
LoughnerWasLucid

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Extremely underrated Tarantino- esque ensemble film from writer/Director John Herzfeld. It's quirky characters, bursts of blood, and sly humor make this (unfairly dubbed!) "Pulp Fiction Clone" definately worth checking out.
September 11, 2007
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