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  • Summary: 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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  1. Positive: 19 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 91
    It's mysterious and bold at every turn, and refreshingly removed from the commonplace.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    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.
  3. 80
    A psychotic we can't help falling for, Edward Norton's beautifully drawn and richly nuanced dreamer could, in time, prove to be one of the most memorable movie characters of recent years.
  4. As it progresses, the film takes us to another borderland, that between reality and delusion. This is where Harlan's mind freely gallops.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    60
    For a film that has allegedly undergone extensive tinkering following its premiere at last year's Cannes Film Festival, Down in the Valley abounds in nagging loose ends and suffers overall from logy pacing.
  6. The movie turns into something strange and annoying, an attempted blend of a suburban thriller with an Old West shoot-'em-up.
  7. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    40
    Never has the term 'American Independent' so obviously been code for 'wholly miserable experience'.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 6 out of 14