2 Days in the Valley
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A variety of crooks, losers, and working stiffs living in the shadow of Hollywood find their various personal crises overlapping in this intricately woven melodrama. Lee Woods (James Spader) is a cold-blooded hit man and Dosmo Pizzo (Danny Aiello) a soft-at-heart gangster; they've been sent to murder Roy Foxx (Peter Horton), the former husband of also-ran Olympic skier Becky Foxx (Teri Hatcher). Lee's girlfriend Helga (Charlize Theron) is unhappy about his habit of killing people, and she attracts the attention of Alvin (Jeff Daniels) and Wes (Eric Stoltz), two cops who've been put… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"To the director's credit, the actors all seem responsive to his touch, giving performances that are lively and flavorsome, if not deep or unlike anything each of them has done before."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A sleek, amusingly nasty screen debut by a film maker whose television credits include an Amy Fisher docudrama."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A sharp, smart movie peppered with A-grade performances from its B-list cast."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"One constant is its lovely cinematography. Another is its utter insignificance."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"an intelligent thriller - a nice surprise"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Herzfeld has a tolerable eye for filling a 'Scope frame but a tin ear when it comes to creating dialogue; these are all characters we've met before, and most even seem bored with themselves."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Funny, pathetic, sad, absurdist -- writer-director John Herzfeld plays it any number of ways, and makes them all work."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's not that this is a bad, blackly comic slice-of-lowlife: It's just that you've just seen it all before."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"When the highlight of your movie is a catfight between Teri Hatcher and Charlize Theron...well, it's not necessarily a bad thing, but it couldve been better"
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"This smart movie never seemed smart."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Smoothly constructed, for such a busy piece of work, and Hatcher's ascent to stardom continues."
‑ , Time Out
"There are too many characters, but some are a lot of fun. The tone shifts, from graphic murder to wig-flipping farce, are too extreme, but much of it works."
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
"A quirky, multi-character collage that skillfully keeps you off balance, not knowing where it's headed."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"Charlize Theron is super-sexy, and devilishy memorable"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Closer to straightforward drama than black comedy."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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