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Down in the Valley Reviews

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Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
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
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
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
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Strange but compelling.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 2, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 2, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 1, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
May 30, 2006
An original and utterly unconventional tragedy of fantasy and reality.
| Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
May 30, 2006
Captures the flavor of a contemporary indie -- courtesy of an innovative auteur and one of our greatest male performers.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Digby Lewis
May 30, 2006
An unusual, occasionally breathtaking but sinister tale of two star-crossed lovers where urban and rural America collide.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
May 30, 2006
A sober and often chilling examination of the conflict between the Old West and the New West.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK
May 27, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 26, 2006
If the movie isn't exactly satisfying as a whole, it is certainly provocative.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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