• Released
  • July 13, 2001
  • 1 hr 11 min
  • Drama
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Downtown 81 Synopsis
An artist (Jean Michel Basquiat) searches for a mysterious woman (Anna Schroeder) in Manhattan.
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L.A. Weekly

By Ernest Hardy
Poignant, funny, and proof of Basquiat's magic.
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80

Variety

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Extraordinary real-life snapshot of hip, arty, clubland Manhattan in the post-punk era.
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70

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Doesn't dawdle and, despite some eye-rolling dialogue, is a generally amiable time-trip.
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58

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
Makes a great time capsule, a shot-on-the-streets glimpse into the texture of a bygone time, place and attitude, but a listless,...
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58

Portland Oregonian

By Kim Morgan
Although amateurish, often poorly acted and containing dialogue and narration that comes off as pretentious and embarrassing, it's worth...
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Its main value is the prolonged look it gives of the late artist Basquiat.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
As a piece of cinematic art, this meandering, shambolic film isn't much to speak of, but as a time capsule, it's priceless.
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40

The New York Times

By Dave Kehr
It's as a documentary that Downtown 81 is most successful, particularly at those moments when the somewhat unfocused filmmaking allows us...
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38

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Amateurish in the extreme, the film is a feast of bohemian cliché, bad writing and worse acting.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Alternates between being amusingly pretentious and studiously dull.
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