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Down by Law Reviews

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September 12, 2014
Jim Jarmusch's uneven but stylish comédie noire is an astute mixture of prison picture, road movie and downbeat screwball.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2014
Down By Law is oddly heart-warming, magnifying moments of unexpected camaraderie between kindred spirits who don't immediately ID each other as such.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 9, 2014
Down by Law is a delight, right down to the unexpected last scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 8, 2014
Mutual irritation merges into grudging friendship, and the wit manages to be both broad and smart, soulful and silly, subtle and raucous, all at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 21, 2012
Perhaps it's not what you expect from a prison movie, but Jim Jarmusch has always adhered to his own personal vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 18, 2008
[An] odd, funny, strangely mesmerizing three-part comedy.
August 12, 2008
Stylish hipster comedy that delivers the laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 2, 2008
Every single incident in the film is meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
January 11, 2008
Director-writer Jarmusch's characters are insignificant antiheroes adrift in an America that is both sad and beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 11, 2008
The Jim Jarmusch penchant for off-the-wall characters and odd situations is very much in evidence.
January 11, 2008
On the whole I've had more fun in Cleveland.
September 25, 2006
Its soul is the same as all Jarmusch films, but here he digs a bit deeper into the roots of his own methodology and that to which he is opposed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 20, 2006
More cheerful than Stranger Than Paradise, this movie plays a reversal on the Hollywood comedy in which a high-spirited American usually brings joy to a foreigner; here it's Italian Roberto Benigni.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
After the initial establishment of character and atmosphere, the laughs come thick and fast, most notably from the marvellous [Roberto] Benigni.
November 6, 2005
Not as good as it should be.
| Original Score: 3/5
May 20, 2003
The excitement (of Down by Law) comes from the realization that we are seeing a true film maker at work, using film to create a narrative that couldn't exist on the stage or the printed page of a novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 27, 2002
If you don't know anything about Jarmusch, this DVD is a great place to start.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 21, 2002
Thoroughly cinematic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 27, 2002
At 90 minutes, it felt entirely too long, but would I have wanted Jarmusch to trim it down at all? That would have killed his best jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
A true original that kind of grows on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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