Sweet and Lowdown

Sweet and Lowdown

Sweet and Lowdown

Sean Penn and Samantha Morton star in this comedic biopic from Woody Allen, focused on the life of fictional jazz guitarist Emmett Ray. Both Penn and Morton earned Oscar nominations for their roles.

Emmet Ray (Penn), according to himself, was the greatest New York jazz guitarist of the 1920s and 1930s. Although Ray certainly had skill and a signature style, those who knew Ray best admit that perhaps he was best known in his extra-musical roles - as a pimp and a kleptomaniac whose fatal flaws hung over his career like a black cloud.

1999Rating: PG, Adult themes, Low level coarse language95 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Penn gives a winning performance as the brash, mostly unlikable Ray, who is redeemed only by the beautiful music he makes.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Like many of Allen's best films, this is a deceptively modest affair, funny and charming but seemingly slight and inconsequential - until the killer coda.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

This is one very tuneful labour of love.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's entertaining, and his fan-base will enjoy it, but for the first time, it looks as if Woody Allen is beginning to treat us with something approaching negligence.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Emmet Ray is a fictional character, but so convincing in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown that he seems like a real chapter of jazz history we somehow overlooked.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Droll and amusing.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Fantastic performances from Penn and Morton ignite this bittersweet comedy.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Penn gives a winning performance as the brash, mostly unlikable Ray, who is redeemed only by the beautiful music he makes.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Like many of Allen's best films, this is a deceptively modest affair, funny and charming but seemingly slight and inconsequential - until the killer coda.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

This is one very tuneful labour of love.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's entertaining, and his fan-base will enjoy it, but for the first time, it looks as if Woody Allen is beginning to treat us with something approaching negligence.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Emmet Ray is a fictional character, but so convincing in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown that he seems like a real chapter of jazz history we somehow overlooked.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Droll and amusing.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Fantastic performances from Penn and Morton ignite this bittersweet comedy.

4.0

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