Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Down in the Valley is exactly what we don't have enough of: It's singular, unusual, unexpected, fresh and familiar at once.
  3. 88
    Down in the Valley is a wild thing that sticks with you long after it's over. You know, a real movie.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    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."
  6. Odd, beautiful and ambitious film.
  7. 83
    Jacobson and his actors do so much with the characters that they leave an ambiguous residue of blood-streaked regrets and sadness.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 6 out of 14
  1. patriziap.
    Aug 8, 2008
    10
    I love this movie and I think edward norton is the best actor in the world! to Liz: norton può avere un grande ego ma ha anche un I love this movie and I think edward norton is the best actor in the world! to Liz: norton può avere un grande ego ma ha anche un enorme talento che voi americani non sapete appezzare. Full Review »
  2. liz
    Apr 9, 2008
    2
    VIsually beautiful, big yawner. Terrible movie experience. Edward Norton an enormous talent? Enormous ego unmatched by talent.
  3. RichR.
    Oct 29, 2006
    3
    Started out interestingly, I'll give it that. Edward Norton? One of our best young actors, no doubt about it. But this just imploded Started out interestingly, I'll give it that. Edward Norton? One of our best young actors, no doubt about it. But this just imploded about 2/3 of the way through. Sorry. I really wanted to like this movie. Plus the Dad part was really dumb. The girl was good, though. The little brother? Boring, with bad hair to boot. Full Review »