Down in the Valley
Down in the Valley (2005)

A romance between a teenage girl and a thirtysomething drifter takes the young woman down a dangerous and unexpected path in this independent drama. Tobe (Evan Rachel Wood) is a pretty 18-year-old whose father, Wade (David Morse), is the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 26, 2006
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The premise of Old West clashing with modern suburbia is fresh and initially intriguing, but the second act degenerates into a clumsy jumble of events which strain credibility.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Both actors work hard to give this disturbing crime story some flavor and substance, but the narrative is overextended and poorly organized.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Christopher Campbell
Cinematical

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.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Strange but compelling.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Jacobson kicks up a lot of dust here, but as it begins to settle, the movie becomes more and more muddled.

Anton Bitel
Film4

The values of past and present collide in this beautifully shot, finely acted reexamination of the American Dream.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It aims to be a Badlands for a new generation. It's closer to The O.C. with horses.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

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.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Lewis
Down in the Valley is a bit of a jumble, switching tones and genres quickly from the first to second half, but I'm still glad I watched it. The… More
Edward Boxler
It's all over the place. The filmmaking is unfocused and too in love with itself to care about the real story behind it all. The acting isn't all… More
Cassandra Maples
Down in The Valley What a great film...very layered and subtle. It is beautifully shot and the four main characters are original and yet painfully familiar in… More
Bannan instant enigma- just add water
Intriguing, endearing, quirky....and also quite yummy. <a… More
Anthony Lawrie
Destined to be a classic, this is my kind of film! Norton is brilliant in this modern day western. Highly Recommended!
Eric S
Yet another brilliant performance by Edward Norton. He portrays an innocent young man who believes he's a cowboy in the San Fernando valley. He's… More