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Downtown Express (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 69

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Movie Info

Set in the world of Russian immigrants living in New York City, Downtown Express uses music to explore the clash of old world values against the lure and excitement of a new country. Under the watch of his loving but overbearing father, virtuoso violinist and Juilliard student Sasha (Grammy nominee Philippe Quint) prepares for a critical recital meant to launch his career. Yet, he is increasingly drawn to the rhythms of the streets of New York, and when he meets singer-songwriter Ramona … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Drama , Romance , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By:
David Grubin
In Theaters:
Box Office:
$3.5k
Runtime:
International Film Circuit - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Downtown Express

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (5)

The unconvincing but gently spirited "Jazz Singer" update features accomplished musicians in the lead roles; the treat is their playing, not their acting.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Everyone seems so genuinely excited to be sharing their music on film that the entire experience becomes a joyful alliance between audience and actors.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The film may be hopelessly old-fashioned, but it's hard to entirely resist its portrait of a city that not only never sleeps but also seems to be bursting with melody at every turn.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Mr. Grubin may fumble two romances and several pivotal scenes, but the energy of the streets remains safe in his hands.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

The film's wide-eyed view of New York as a wonderland of harmonic diversity soon grows as tiresome as the film's trite romantic shuffling.

Full Review… | April 17, 2012
Time Out New York
Top Critic

Whether to let go and follow your own path is a stock dilemma, and an implausibly hopeful conclusion winds up undercutting the realism of this immigrant song.

Full Review… | April 17, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Marked by wide-eyed charm, though not particularly adroit -- a marginal pan, owing to its somewhat lazy and functional narrative. Still, its music, from Philippe Quint and Nellie McKay, absolutely sings.

Full Review… | September 26, 2012
Shockya.com

"Tchaikovsky must be grabbed by the throat or it becomes sentimental," declares the paterfamilias in Downtown Express, but the character could be critiquing the very movie in which finds himself.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Film Journal International

'Downtown Express' is a charming, if somewhat familiar, movie that becomes extraordinary because it has astonishingly good music.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
eFilmCritic.com

The movie's final act tries, somewhat admirably, to consolidate the plot's myriad interpersonal conflicts.

Full Review… | April 13, 2012
Slant Magazine

The film stars two virtuoso musical performers, one in rock and one in classical music. The plot is minor, but the music is a major--perhaps the major--attraction.

Full Review… | April 11, 2012
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