Down the Shore - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Down the Shore Reviews

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Stephanie Carrie
Village Voice
April 3, 2013
Any moments of honesty are immediately drowned out by a blast of heartfelt tunes that assure you the scene you've been watching was significant.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
April 3, 2013
Brando-wheezing Gandolfini never slums it, but there's still no shaking the sense that a pro has shown up for amateur hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
April 1, 2013
Down the Shore suggests what might happen if TBS and Bruce Springsteen were to collaborate on a sitcom set in hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 5, 2013
None of it hangs together - particularly as the film heads into his final third, and you realize director Harold Guskin and screenwriter Sandra Jennings don't have a clue as to how to wrap things up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
April 5, 2013
A small-scale, working-class character study that's never quite as nuanced and dramatic as it aspires to be.
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
April 16, 2013
In terms of pace, Down the Shore walks a very narrow line between deliberate and utterly languid, but there are just enough strong performances and intriguing (if messy) dynamics to make it work.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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April 4, 2013
Gandolfini and Janssen dance a delicate minuet around one another, pacing out a slow, quiet revelation of the shared past that has paralyzed their wills to happiness and change.
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Robert Koehler
February 7, 2011
The virtue of this standard family tale is James Gandolfini's most substantial feature role to date.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
April 5, 2013
The director, Harold Guskin, and writer, Sandra Jennings, show admirable patience in letting the story unspool, and the actors reward them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 4, 2013
Costa brings a nice, lived-in sexiness to the evocatively shot setting, and Gandolfini settles into his character with extraordinary skill and sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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