Down in the Valley Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 23, 2006
It aims to be a Badlands for a new generation. It's closer to The O.C. with horses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 19, 2006
A movie the actors and director take as far as they can until the story bogs down in questions too big to forgive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 17, 2005
Down in the Valley might have come off as conceptually sound on paper, but onscreen the whole idea falls apart.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 8, 2006
All the problems in this film could have been solved really quickly if anybody had used a little bit of intelligence.
Betsy Bozdech
Hollywood.com
August 31, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 5, 2006
Only a disastrous lurch by the script can make us stop caring, but that's what happens: Drama is replaced by melodrama.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 18, 2006
Both actors work hard to give this disturbing crime story some flavor and substance, but the narrative is overextended and poorly organized.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 18, 2006
Norton, of course, gives everything to the role, but not even an actor of his immense skill can completely erase his pre-existing persona.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
May 18, 2006
Strong performances are squandered by an ending that doesn't just fall off the horse, it crashes it into a mountain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 12, 2006
Misfires like a seized-up six-shooter.
| Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 12, 2006
Starts out as an engaging character drama but surrenders to gunplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 18, 2006
The film is... shifted from the troubled relationship of the frayed family [to the] private psychodrama... of Norton's troubled character.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
May 18, 2006
Foregoes the mythos and passion resulting in a methodically paced, muddled examination of yet another potential burgeoning psycho on Jacobson's resume of anti-heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 6, 2006
The more you know about it the less likable it becomes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 5, 2006
The movie turns into something strange and annoying, an attempted blend of a suburban thriller with an Old West shoot-'em-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 12, 2006
Noteworthy for the poetry it aspires to and the jumbled prose it delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 19, 2006
In the end, it's really just a thriller, slower than most, with pockets of dead time but with a few extra flourishes, too, thanks to Norton.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 2, 2006
Jacobson kicks up a lot of dust here, but as it begins to settle, the movie becomes more and more muddled.
| Original Score: C+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 8, 2006
In the end, the core idea is weighted down by too much length, strained sympathy, and a conclusion that comes with more relief than satisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Rose
Guardian
January 27, 2007
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
June 3, 2006
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Baltimore Sun
May 20, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 3, 2006
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