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Down by Law 1986

Critics score:
90 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Vincent Canby, New York Times: The excitement (of Down by Law) comes from the realization that we are seeing a true film maker at work, using film to create a narrative that couldn't exist on the stage or the printed page of a novel. Read more

Pat Graham, Chicago Reader: On the whole I've had more fun in Cleveland. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A true original that kind of grows on you. Read more

Time Out: After the initial establishment of character and atmosphere, the laughs come thick and fast, most notably from the marvellous [Roberto] Benigni. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: The Jim Jarmusch penchant for off-the-wall characters and odd situations is very much in evidence. Read more

Paul Attanasio, Washington Post: It's not that the movie doesn't move fast enough, it's that while it dawdles, it doesn't give you enough to dwell on. Read more

Rita Kempley, Washington Post: Pure pleasure for comedy connoisseurs. Read more