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Down in the Valley Reviews

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Christopher Campbell
Cinematical

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 Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 4/5

September 18, 2007
Anton Bitel
Film4

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

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 13, 2007
David Noh
Film Journal International

A tale which, apart from its basic conceptual kinship to classic western films, is wholly original and deeply prescient about the darker shoals of human nature.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Nerve-less.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1/4

February 21, 2007

When the story disintegrates into the gunfight at the 'I'm-not-okay-corral', it totally loses anything it had going for it.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 21, 2007
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A cautionary tale about the dangers of casual sex, or even casual friendships with strangers.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

January 19, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Both actors work hard to give this disturbing crime story some flavor and substance, but the narrative is overextended and poorly organized.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 18, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The more you know about it the less likable it becomes.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

December 6, 2006
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The movie does not waste the performances, but the screenplay could have served them better.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

September 25, 2006
Betsy Bozdech
Hollywood.com

Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood turn in strong lead performances, but their talent alone isn't enough to set David Jacobson's sun-bleached, modern-day Western on fire.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 31, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A ludicrous, would-be Western hybrid.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

July 14, 2006
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

It spins out of control despite the best efforts of Norton.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

July 13, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...if you don't require moral instruction with your popcorn, it's probably as close as you're going to get to a John Ford Western this year.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 91/100

July 7, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The unpredictable, jarring "Down in the Valley" is another worthy addition to Norton's résumé.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

July 6, 2006
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

... part homage to the Western genre and part eulogy to a disappearing American West, and the intentions of which are as cryptic and enigmatic as the look on Norton's face.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

July 1, 2006
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Norton earns sympathy, but even he can't sell some of Harlan's poetry-of-the-people eloquence, as when the cowboy comments: 'Most days I just want to step outside my own heart and go walk under a sky full of stars.'

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 30, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Norton's brilliant performance walks the tightrope effortlessly, playing for our sympathies while arousing our suspicions.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 30, 2006
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Strange but compelling.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle

There's no depth to the story, and as the thrills start to kick in, Down in the Valley becomes a B-movie - less a modern epic Western than a two-reel oater with a cheap cliffhanger.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 24, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It aims to be a Badlands for a new generation. It's closer to The O.C. with horses.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

June 23, 2006
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