Downtown Express
Downtown Express (2012)

Set in the world of Russian immigrants living in New York City, Downtown Express uses music to explore the clash of old world values against the lure and excitement of a new country. Under the watch of his loving but overbearing father,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 20, 2012
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

The unconvincing but gently spirited "Jazz Singer" update features accomplished musicians in the lead roles; the treat is their playing, not their acting.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Mr. Grubin may fumble two romances and several pivotal scenes, but the energy of the streets remains safe in his hands.

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Brent Simon
Shockya.com

Marked by wide-eyed charm, though not particularly adroit -- a marginal pan, owing to its somewhat lazy and functional narrative. Still, its music, from Philippe Quint and Nellie McKay, absolutely sings.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Everyone seems so genuinely excited to be sharing their music on film that the entire experience becomes a joyful alliance between audience and actors.

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Andrew Schenker
Time Out New York

The film's wide-eyed view of New York as a wonderland of harmonic diversity soon grows as tiresome as the film's trite romantic shuffling.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

"Tchaikovsky must be grabbed by the throat or it becomes sentimental," declares the paterfamilias in Downtown Express, but the character could be critiquing the very movie in which finds himself.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

The film may be hopelessly old-fashioned, but it's hard to entirely resist its portrait of a city that not only never sleeps but also seems to be bursting with melody at every turn.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

Whether to let go and follow your own path is a stock dilemma, and an implausibly hopeful conclusion winds up undercutting the realism of this immigrant song.

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Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com

'Downtown Express' is a charming, if somewhat familiar, movie that becomes extraordinary because it has astonishingly good music.

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