Down in the Valley (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Down in the Valley (2006)



Critic Consensus: The premise of Old West clashing with modern suburbia is fresh and initially intriguing, but the second act degenerates into a clumsy jumble of events which strain credibility.

Movie Info

When Harlan Carruthers, a charismatic cowboy who seems as if he would be much more at home in Monument Valley than in the San Fernando Valley, has a chance encounter with Tobe, a bored and restless suburban teenager, both of their lives are turned upside down. To Harlan, Tobe embodies all the purity and innocence impossible to find on the mean streets of contemporary L.A., while Tobe is drawn to Harlan's poetic charm and romantic spirit. Despite the obvious difference in their ages and backgrounds, and the growing opposition of Tobe's father, Wade, the couple pursues their passionate, furtive romance until it becomes apparent that Tobe is unprepared for the intensity of Harlan's love. Then, things take a sudden, dangerous turn when Tobe discovers that Harlan is not at all what he appeared to be.more
Rating: R (for violence, sexual content, language and drug use)
Genre: Western, Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: David Jacobson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2006
Box Office: $0.4M
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Bruce Dern
as Charlie
as Sherri
Aaron Fors
as Jeremy
Muse Watson
as Bill Sr.
Cesar D. Flores
as Hispanic Kid
Jill Basey
as Waitress
Bunnie Rivera
as Neighbor
Roger Marks
as Big Hasid
Victor Torres
as Los Vaqueros Announc...
Michelle Shore
as Girl Driver
Artel Kayàru
as Young Black Man
Ty Burrell
as Sheriff
Christina Cabot
as Asst. Director
Ira Wood
as Craig/Ecstacy Dealer
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Critic Reviews for Down in the Valley

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (38)

Both actors work hard to give this disturbing crime story some flavor and substance, but the narrative is overextended and poorly organized.

Full Review… | December 18, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Strange but compelling.

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

It aims to be a Badlands for a new generation. It's closer to The O.C. with horses.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Even if this drama from David Jacobson can't quite cover all the territory the director-writer is looking to survey, it still's one of the most original movies in a long time.

Full Review… | June 2, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Jacobson examines the life and death of the western and its incompatibility with the youth of today ... a fascinating, yet slightly off-balance, mix of tribute and scrutiny.

Full Review… | September 18, 2007

The values of past and present collide in this beautifully shot, finely acted reexamination of the American Dream.

Full Review… | June 13, 2007

Audience Reviews for Down in the Valley

Down in the Valley is a bit of a jumble, switching tones and genres quickly from the first to second half, but I'm still glad I watched it. The performances by all of the main actors, especially Norton, are pitch perfect and make this movie better than it probably is. The first half is the good half, building up a sweet romance that is quiet and touching, but the second half has tons of implausible moments that make this otherwise great movie a little hard to swallow. I wish the screenplay was better than it is, but it is still worth a rental based on everything else.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer


Down in The Valley What a great film...very layered and subtle. It is beautifully shot and the four main characters are original and yet painfully familiar in their alienation, anger, and despair. The Cowboy character played by Edward Norton (who is amazing) seems so simple at first but as he is drawn into the family his character and the truth unravels in ways that left me at a stand still near the end of the film. The character played by Rory Culkin, "Twig", says very little throughout the film and yet he conveys a sense of yearning and loneliness almost too painful to bare. But even he undergoes an unexpected transformation by the end of the film. The lead is a beautiful creature on the screen. Her relationship with the Cowboy seemed unlikely at first and then became completely believable, especially in the bathtub scene. This is a film for lovers of independent film and psychological kinds of cinema. There are also several scenes that border on surrealism. This film will leave you thinking and wondering about your life

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

It's all over the place. The filmmaking is unfocused and too in love with itself to care about the real story behind it all. The acting isn't all that convincing either.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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