Downtown 81 Reviews

December 5, 2019
Its bygone-ness still abuzz with creativity and movement, "Downtown 81" is a celluloid scrapbook that we can all be thankful for in helping capture the rumble before takeoff.
October 25, 2019
For anyone steeped in or curious about the often uncategorizable music made during this period, Downtown 81 is a joyous artifact.
March 7, 2002
A fascinating if fragmented, dreamlike look at the downtown art-music-fashion scene of a yeasty, creative era.
February 1, 2002
A crudely poetic inventory of the people and places about to rock pop culture.
November 2, 2001
Performances by DNA and the Plastics alone are worth the price of admission.
September 20, 2001
Gives us a glimpse of the city as it was, suggesting that there was something revolutionary, even inspiring, about those days of not-so yore.
Top Critic
July 24, 2001
A film of considerable pleasure, not least the archival footage and evocation of a city and individuals fair brimming with life.
July 20, 2001
It captures the youthful excitement of a burgeoning creative movement.
July 13, 2001
It's as a documentary that Downtown 81 is most successful.
July 13, 2001
Amateurish in the extreme, the film is a feast of bohemian clich, bad writing and worse acting.
July 10, 2001
Doesn't dawdle and, despite some eye-rolling dialogue, is a generally amiable time-trip.