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Down in the Valley

Down in the Valley

2006
Romance, Drama
1h 54m
When Harlan Carruthers (Norton), a charismatic cowboy who seems as if he would be much more at home in Monument Valley than in the San Fernando Valley, has a chance encounter with Tobe (Wood), a bored and restless suburban teenager, both of their lives are turned upside down. (ThinkFilm)
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Down in the Valley

2006
Romance, Drama
1h 54m
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Rated 06 May 2009
76
45th
An interesting plot, but I felt the tension could have been handled a bit better than it was. Also, I felt more/less sympathy should have been built for Harlan, depending on what the director wanted...it was hard to tell. Regardless, Norton was great as always, and Rachel Wood did a good job as well.
Rated 06 Jul 2007
45
12th
The pace set by the movie seems to slow down like a battery slowly losing power. A sleep inducing soundtrack mixed with dry filming make it almost impossible to stay awake for. I felt no sense of urgency coming from the father and barely felt the delusional mindset of Harlan. Acting was great, but everything else was a bore.
Rated 29 Feb 2016
70
53rd
This movie coulda been fire if it didn't take the stupid crazy turn.
Rated 20 Mar 2013
70
17th
With a very strong cast, a nice natural style and an interesting character as its premise, this film could have succeeded quite nicely as a simple suburban character drama. But no, beyond halfway, writer/director Jacobson loses his senses and decides to go somewhere very different. Somewhere misjudged, and far outside his comfort zone. A promising beginning absolutely ruined by its second half. But Wood, Morse, Norton & Culkin all earn kudos for their acting.
Rated 24 May 2016
70
77th
Edward Norton is, as usual, fantastic. David Mores is entirely believable as well. A strange, yet compelling story.
Rated 16 Oct 2007
49
18th
A confused, disillusioned and creepy mess.
Rated 23 Nov 2010
25
61st
"An entrancingly mournful film that reveals the detrimentally hamfisted influence of the Sundance Institute." - Nick Schager
Rated 10 Jul 2010
68
59th
I've already seen several movies of E.Norton, who plays again a nutcase, which he can play perfectly well. A movie simular to Taxi Driver or Falling Down, but not so very good this time.
Rated 03 Sep 2007
50
6th
A complete mess of unlikely events. It felt rushed and uninspired. Though Norton gives everything to the role, it doesn't help much with lack of developed characters. Unfortunately, not even Wood could save this movie.
Rated 22 Feb 2007
60
62nd
Pretty good story.
Rated 27 Dec 2014
46
37th
The director/author mixed one too many genres together. A bored, rebellious girl (Wood) was okay, but Norton was holding himself. Morse and Dern acted parts they always do.
Rated 12 Mar 2016
37
28th
Rather a mess. While I usually like quiet little movies, this one just doesn't cut it. There is hardly a character that is, as written, clearly delineated, leaving some decent actors flapping in the wind, trying to figure out what to do. Camera work and editing are amateurish at best. The chase scenes are stupid and confused. When your main character is basically mentally ill, you have to step up your writing game instead of stringing together a bunch of clichés and platitudes.
Rated 25 Jan 2009
10
15th
I hate you Evan Rachel Wood! This movie isn't any good and she's worse.
Rated 26 Sep 2007
51
32nd
A grim little movie. The film has moments of recognizable honesty in the ways relationships can begin and end on a whim, and how they can be elevated to unreasonable heights by the people immersed in them. Overall, it's one of those puttering indies without much of a story to tell. Norton does decent work, but it's more gratifying to watch Evan Rachel Wood stretch her acting muscles and David Morse (as Wood's father) give another demonstration on the art of concentrated underplaying.
Rated 04 May 2018
85
64th
Ed Norton carries himself well and always creates a respectable character. It could have played up the tension a little more, or perhaps cast an actress that created a better chemistry with Norton. Its neither here or nor there, just kinda like this movie was. Enjoyable while it was on the screen bur acter the film is over, its time for a a snack and then bed without a second thought. It's not a dud, just definitely not a game changer either.

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