88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Down in the Valley is a wild thing that sticks with you long after it's over. You know, a real movie.
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Driven by Edward Norton's and Evan Rachel Wood's riveting performances, writer-director David Jacobson's tense drama samples bits of cinematic Americana from sources as diverse as "Shane," "Badlands" and "Taxi Driver."
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88

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
The movie belongs to Wood, who creates a unique portrait of a girl hesitating at the threshold of womanhood; she's smarter, more attuned, and more spiritually ambitious than those around her, but also too decent and loyal to break from the world she knows-and too unformed to have a grasp of what she wants outside of that world. It's fantastic work.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Allison Benedikt
Jacobson, whose earlier film is a docudrama about Jeffrey Dahmer, is clearly fascinated with men who would be monsters. It's a ripe and infinite topic to explore, but without Norton, theme alone could not have sustained Down in the Valley.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
As it progresses, the film takes us to another borderland, that between reality and delusion. This is where Harlan's mind freely gallops.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The performances are deep and rich -- Wood is coming to seem like a smarter Chloe Sevigny, Rory looks to be the Culkin with talent, and Norton's portrayal of Harlan aches with ambiguity.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Edward Norton serves as lead actor and producer, but even his star power won't help this misfire reach a wide domestic audience.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In the end, it's really just a thriller, slower than most, with pockets of dead time but with a few extra flourishes, too, thanks to Norton.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As long as Norton plays Harlan as a modern-day Joe Buck, a kind of four-in-the-afternoon cowboy, we're drawn by his waltz of innocence and vagueness. But Down in the Valley turns out to be one of those films with a thick, gummy overlay of Western ''mythology.''
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The movie turns into something strange and annoying, an attempted blend of a suburban thriller with an Old West shoot-'em-up.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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