Low Down

2014

Low Down (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Rich in mood and on-screen talent but lacking in narrative depth, Low Down tells an oft-told tale with a troubling dearth of imagination.

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Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, LOW DOWN is a compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) and her father Joe (John Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film beautifully evokes a colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians, artists, and vagabonds, in which Joe and Amy-Jo strive to live the lives they want against seemingly insurmountable odds. (C) Oscope

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Cast

John Hawkes
as Joe Albany
Elle Fanning
as Amy-Jo Albany
Lena Headey
as Sheila Albany
Flea
as Lester Hobbs
River Ross
as LaPrez
Tim Daly
as Dalton
Myles Cranford
as Desk Clerk
Burn Gorman
as Parole Officer Wiggenhern
Sandha Khin
as Alain's Redhead
Eddie Rouse
as Group Leader
Dane Farwell
as Plainclothes Copy #1
Ray Lykins
as Plainclothes Copy #2
Linda Wang
as Chinese Woman
Ricky Martinez
as Cole's Bass Player
Chuck E. Weiss
as Barfly Drug Dealer
Patrice Pitman Quinn
as Child Services Woman
Brett Jones
as LAPD Officer
Nicola Hindshaw
as Female LAPD Officer
Stuart W. Yee
as Bartender
Wiley M. Pickett
as Gentleman Cowboy
Edwin Livingston
as Donte's Bass Player
Courtney Cunningham
as Club Waitress
Paul Allen
as Dalton's Drummer
Dakota Black
as Latino Inmate
Veronica Enriquez
as Latino Wife
Burton Ritchie
as Staff Physician
Anthony Ruiz
as Taxi Cab Driver
Ohad Talmor
as The Pisser
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Critic Reviews for Low Down

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (24)

Somewhere over the rainbow the skies are blue, that's the dream. Some make it, some don't - this eloquent daughter's tale shows both sides.

Nov 21, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Gets stuck in a cycle of addiction and morning-after regret while missing a chance to explore the how and why of its characters.

Nov 20, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"Low Down" nicely evokes a smokey mood of '50s jazz and Hollywood noir and deserves points for its emotional straightforwardness, but its tired story and deliberate pace never really draw you in.

Nov 20, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Whiplash is like one of those Buddy Rich solos the kid idolizes: hot, sweaty and in-your-face. Low Down is like the version of Billy Strayhorn's Lush Life played in one of this film's club scenes: somber, moody and cool to the touch.

Nov 20, 2014 | Rating: 4/5

The acting makes it a far more compelling ride than it otherwise would have been.

Nov 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Fanning's performance rescues the film from mediocrity.

Nov 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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