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Down in the Valley Reviews

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Christopher Campbell
September 18, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
June 13, 2007
The values of past and present collide in this beautifully shot, finely acted reexamination of the American Dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
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.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 21, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 19, 2007
A cautionary tale about the dangers of casual sex, or even casual friendships with strangers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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.
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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 25, 2006
The movie does not waste the performances, but the screenplay could have served them better.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Betsy Bozdech
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
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 14, 2006
A ludicrous, would-be Western hybrid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
July 13, 2006
It spins out of control despite the best efforts of Norton.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 7, 2006
...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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 6, 2006
The unpredictable, jarring "Down in the Valley" is another worthy addition to Norton's résumé.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 1, 2006
... 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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 30, 2006
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
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 30, 2006
Norton's brilliant performance walks the tightrope effortlessly, playing for our sympathies while arousing our suspicions.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
June 24, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Strange but compelling.
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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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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