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53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
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  1. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 20, 2012
    60
    Grubin is an experienced documentarian, and he plays to his strengths here. He certainly makes the most of the Manhattan setting, whether his characters are practicing at Juilliard or playing for cash in the Times Square subway station.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 19, 2012
    60
    Little more than a showcase for Mr. Quint - whose acting is almost as toneless as his playing is sublime - this trite, sunny drama pins lengthy musical interludes onto the flimsiest of narratives and hopes for the best.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Apr 19, 2012
    50
    While Downtown Express suffers from a derivative storyline, it offers enough musical authenticity to provide ample compensations.