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  • Summary: A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes) from the perspective of his young daughter, Amy (Elle Fanning), as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1960s and '70s jazz scene.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Oct 21, 2014
    60
    Fanning manages to bring soulfulness to a character who mostly reacts to others; you just wish the whole movie were, well, jazzier.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jan 27, 2014
    60
    It’s a familiar story of music-world success, failure and addiction, admirably but unevenly told by first-time feature director Jeff Preiss, who certainly knows the music and the milieu, but proves less adept at shaping the material into a consistently compelling narrative.
  3. Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson
    Jan 27, 2014
    60
    The film hinges on the bond between dad and daughter and on the expressive face of Fanning, as we see her shift from a sort of nervous adoration of the unpredictable, if loving, Joe, to something more steely and independent.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Oct 21, 2014
    50
    Fanning and Hawkes are both great actors, but they can only do so much with Low Down’s familiar, monotonous cycle of recovery and relapse.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Oct 21, 2014
    50
    There are too many notes that, while not false, are neither satisfactorily resolved nor left interestingly unresolved.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jan 27, 2014
    40
    Unfortunately, the film never begins to reveal what's really going on inside Joe Albany.
  7. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Jan 27, 2014
    33
    The film plays nary a note of reprieve and the dank aesthetic does nothing to help the mood. “Low Down” is unequivocally a downer.

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