Sweet and Lowdown
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

Emmet Ray, according to himself, was the greatest jazz guitarist of the 1920s and 1930s. At least in New York, anyway. Although Ray certainly had a signature style and a melodic skill, those who knew Ray best admit that perhaps he was best… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 20, 2000
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Critics praise Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown for its charming, light-hearted comedy and quality acting.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Droll and amusing.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Woody Allen, in his thirtieth outing as writer-director, still shows signs of change, improvement, depth of feeling.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

... seems to be the latest chapter in a great work on the artist's search for meaning, for self-worth, for redemption.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A shallow portrait of the artist as a cad.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Thanks to Morton's presence, it gets closer to the sweetness of the wonderful Everyone Says I Love You.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

If you aren't sure you like jazz, see this movie just to be exposed to the Django sound! Your next trip might be to the record store.

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Roger Ebert
At the Movies

Emmet Ray is a fictional character, but so convincing in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown that he seems like a real chapter of jazz history we somehow overlooked.

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Ron Wells
Film Threat

Focusing on the story, the auteur explores his two favorite topics, jazz and s----heels, to enter the new millenium in style.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Combining the worst traits of his two most recent outings--the overweening cruelty of Deconstructing Harry and the formal and narrative laziness of Celebrity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This breezy mockumentary is Woody Allen's loving tribute to period (1930s) Jazz music. The fictitious Emmet Ray is considered to be the world's best… More
Anthony Lawrie
My favourite Woody Allen film. Penn is top of his game and I fell in love with Samantha Morton in this movie. Uma Thurman is not annoying either which is nice.
Apeneck Fletcher
For some art is therapy. Allen posits that the reverse also holds water, only not quite with this effort. Sean Penn is Allen's willing doppelganger here… More
Mason Williams
Sweet and Lowdown is another gem from Woody Allen. Sean Penn and Uma Thurman star in this comedy about a famous jazz musician and his crazy marital and… More
Alice Shen
Quite delightful. Samantha Morton seriously doesn't need a voice. She has a face! I'm a little iffy about the mockumentary aspect of this movie.… More
Jennifer Xu
Another Woody fare which many describe as one of his "love notes," one track but beautiful. The music is stunning and Samantha Morton is adorable and… More

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