2 Days in the Valley (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

2 Days in the Valley (1996)



Critic Consensus: 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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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 attracts the attention of Alvin (Jeff Daniels) and Wes (Eric Stoltz), two cops who've been put on vice detail but don't have the heart to bust the prostitute they've been trailing. Alvin dreams of becoming a homicide detective, so when he discovers that he might be on the trail of a murder, it's like Santa Claus showed up in mid-July to hand him a present. Dosmo manages to escape the crime scene, only to foil a murder attempt by Lee, forcing him to hide out in the home of Hopper, a pretentious English art dealer (Greg Cruttwell), whom Dosmo holds hostage along with Hopper's long-suffering assistant, Susan (Glenne Headly). In the midst of all this, a down-on-his-luck television director (Paul Mazursky) contemplates suicide (the main stumbling block is finding someone to take care of his dog) while also being pestered by an actor with equally bad luck (Austin Pendleton) and meeting a compassionate nurse (Marsha Mason) on a visit to a cemetery. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Herzfeld
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On DVD: Aug 7, 2001
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Danny Aiello
as Dosmo Pizzo
Greg Cruttwell
as Allan Hopper
James Spader
as Lee Woods
Teri Hatcher
as Becky Foxx
Peter Horton
as Roy Foxx
Marsha Mason
as Audrey Hopper
Paul Mazursky
as Teddy Peppers
Keith Carradine
as Detective Creighton
Austin Pendleton
as Ralph Crupi
Micole Mercurio
as Older Woman
William Stanton
as Man At Bar
Deborah Benson-Wald
as Driver's Friend
Ada Maris
as Detective Valenzuela
as Bogey, A Dog
Mark Goldstein
as Marc the Pitbull
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Critic Reviews for 2 Days in the Valley

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (14)

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.

Full Review… | April 16, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 16, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Smoothly constructed, for such a busy piece of work, and Hatcher's ascent to stardom continues.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A sleek, amusingly nasty screen debut by a film maker whose television credits include an Amy Fisher docudrama.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Funny, pathetic, sad, absurdist -- writer-director John Herzfeld plays it any number of ways, and makes them all work.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

this movies kicks ass on many levels

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

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.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

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