Sweet and Lowdown Reviews

Sweet and Lowdown Review
by Murali Krishnan
The history of Jazz music is filled with interesting characters, often talented and flawed individuals who excel at their skills, but unable to succeed by normal standards. This is a fictional story presented as semi-documentary about a supremely...more

Sweet and Lowdown Review
by Mark R Leeper
Capsule: Take a 95-minute movie. Deduct time for several musical numbers. Film three endings for a sub-story (none of them very good). What you have left is just not enough time to tell anything...more

Sweet and Lowdown Review
by Walter Frith
'Sweet and Lowdown' is one of those films from a cinematic genius where you don't need the credits to tell you who's directing it. You could blindfold someone throughout the opening credits and take the blindfold off and while watching it, know that...more

Sweet and Lowdown Review
by Scott Renshaw
SWEET AND LOWDOWN (Sony Classics) Starring: Sean Penn, Samantha Morton, Uma Thurman, Anthony LaPaglia. Screenplay: Woody Allen. Producer: Jean Doumanian. Director: Woody Allen. MPAA Rating: PG-13 (adult themes, drug use, profanity) Running Time: 95...more

Sweet and Lowdown Review
by Dennis Schwartz
SWEET AND LOWDOWN (director/writer:Woody Allen; cinematographer: Zhao Fei; cast: Sean Penn (Emmet Ray), Samantha Morton (Hattie), Uma Thurman (Blanche), Anthony LaPaglia (Al Torrio), Brian Markinson (Bill Shields), Gretchen Mol (Ellie), Vincent...more

Sweet and Lowdown Review
by Susan Granger
Susan Granger's review of "SWEET AND LOWDOWN" (Sony Classics) Vintage jazz aficionados will appreciate Woody Allen's fanciful mock documentary about a legendary musician of the 1930s, allegedly the second-best jazz guitarist in the world. This...more

Sweet and Lowdown Review
by Mac VerStandig
It comes as little surprise that Woody Allen, one of great filmmakers of the our time, has created another gem in Sweet and Lowdown. It ain't Manhattan or Annie Hall, but it is at the top of 1999's class, a strong statement about the filmmaker's...more

Sweet and Lowdown Review
by Ross Anthony
Two words could not more amply describe Woody Allen's lead Character Emmet Ray, played picture perfectly by Sean Penn. Emmet smokes on the jazz guitar of the early 1900's (remember that century?)and is considered the best of his era ... well except for...more

Sweet and Lowdown Review
by Akiva Gottlieb
95 minutes Sony Pictures Classics starring Sean Penn, Samantha Morton, Uma Thurman, Brian Markinson, Anthony LaPaglia, Gretchen Mol, Vincent Guastafero, John Waters, James Urbaniak more

Sweet and Lowdown Review
by Christopher Null
SWEET AND LOWDOWN A film review by Christopher Null Copyright 1999 filmcritic.com filmcritic.com more

Sweet and Lowdown Review
by Michael Dequina
"Lowdown" describes the main character in Woody Allen's annual project, an anecdotal look at the life of Emmet Ray (Sean Penn), a gifted jazz guitarist from the '30s whose skills and talent rank second only to his idol, gypsy Django Reinhardt. While he...more
Sweet and Lowdown Review
by Steve Rhodes
SWEET AND LOWDOWN, written and directed by Woody Allen, tells the story of Emmett Ray, the world's second greatest jazz guitarist. This legend in his time is played with boyish charm by Sean Penn. Told in talking-head documentary style by jazz...more
Sweet and Lowdown Review
by Harvey S. Karten
Reviewed by Harvey Karten Sony Pictures Classics Director: Woody Allen Writer: Woody Allen Cast: Sean Penn, Samantha Morton, Uma Thurman, Brian Markinson, Anthony LaPaglia, Gretchen Mol more
Sweet and Lowdown Review
by Jon Popick
Woody Allenís (Celebrity) latest is a fictional account of a 1930s jazz guitarist named Emmett Ray (Sean Penn, The Thin Red Line). The film is a sugary homage to the music of that period (a fave of Allen) and features fantastic performances from an...more