| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
The values of past and present collide in this beautifully shot, finely acted reexamination of the American Dream.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
A cautionary tale about the dangers of casual sex, or even casual friendships with strangers.
| Original Score: B
The movie does not waste the performances, but the screenplay could have served them better.
| Original Score: 6/10
...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.
| Original Score: 91/100
The unpredictable, jarring "Down in the Valley" is another worthy addition to Norton's résumé.
| Original Score: 3/4
... 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
Norton's brilliant performance walks the tightrope effortlessly, playing for our sympathies while arousing our suspicions.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Strange but compelling.
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.
Norton sells it, as far as all of this can possibly go. Even if you doubt some of the action, you never doubt the existence of Harlan, a man out of time and out of options.
With a distant yet affecting performance, Norton (Fight Club, The Italian Job) reminds us why he's often considered among the best American actors, right alongside Sean Penn.
An original and utterly unconventional tragedy of fantasy and reality.
Captures the flavor of a contemporary indie -- courtesy of an innovative auteur and one of our greatest male performers.
An unusual, occasionally breathtaking but sinister tale of two star-crossed lovers where urban and rural America collide.
A sober and often chilling examination of the conflict between the Old West and the New West.
| Original Score: 7/10
If the movie isn't exactly satisfying as a whole, it is certainly provocative.
| Original Score: 2.5/4