2 Days in the Valley
2 Days in the Valley (1996)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 27, 1996
DVD Release Date: August 7, 2001
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A labyrinthine thriller with a host of memorable characters, 2 Days in the Valley is an uneven but intriguing thriller/black comedy.

Todd McCarthy

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.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

A sleek, amusingly nasty screen debut by a film maker whose television credits include an Amy Fisher docudrama.

Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Flawed crime comedy pairs sex with violence.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Funny, pathetic, sad, absurdist -- writer-director John Herzfeld plays it any number of ways, and makes them all work.

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Richard Luck

A sharp, smart movie peppered with A-grade performances from its B-list cast.

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Time Out

Smoothly constructed, for such a busy piece of work, and Hatcher's ascent to stardom continues.

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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times

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.

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TV Guide

It's not that this is a bad, blackly comic slice-of-lowlife: It's just that you've just seen it all before.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
AA great movie. Somehow I have run into a string of movies lately where the lives of about 6 people all intertwine with each other during the movie. This one is… More
Hogans Hero
James Spader makes this film by far. Too bad Teri Hatcher is in it.
Coxxie Mild Sauce
this movies kicks ass on many levels
Aaron Neuwirth
Lee Woods: You have one minute to decide the rest of your life. A hit man comedy set in the San Fernando Valley, about a number of peoples lives intertwined… More
Michael S
Extremely underrated Tarantino- esque ensemble film from writer/Director John Herzfeld. It's quirky characters, bursts of blood, and sly humor make this… More
Dean King
A strange film following the lives of a few characters who all get mixed up in each others lives during 2 days in the valley. Stars a young Terri Hatcher and… More