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Downtown Express

Not Rated In Theaters 04/20/2012 , 90min.
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Time Out New York
The use of real musicians (both professionals, like Nellie McKay, and street performers) provides a certain authenticity to the performances, but 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. Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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. Full Review
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
While Downtown Express suffers from a derivative storyline, it offers enough musical authenticity to provide ample compensations. Full Review
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
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. Full Review
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
The movie's final act tries, somewhat admirably, to consolidate the plot's myriad interpersonal conflicts. Full Review

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