Reviewed byyeltzmanmattVote: 9/10/10
Down the Shore is a small drama that soars way above your expectations.It concerns 3 childhood friends living in a small town whose lives arethrown into turmoil when a stranger comes to visit.
It takes it time to set up the premise by which time you get to knowthe characters involved. With a smart script, it sucks you in and youquickly get involved in the lives of the characters. It never goeswhere you think it will and the acting throughout is just superb by allmembers of the talented cast. The sadly deceased James Gandolfino putsin a towering performance as a man tortured by the past. There is amelancholy air throughout the film accentuated by a sparse and bleaklandscape.
This is an intelligent film that deserves a much wider audience and iswell worth seeking out.
Reviewed bycruffVote: 8/10/10
Excellent. It is rare to see a film that is so unassuming and yet hasthe stuff that makes me want to be there- know more about it- want tosee more- hear more. I know these people- Some of this story resonateslike it happened in my life. It didn't have to be Gandolfini andJanssen- It could have been any of a hundred actors handling thoseparts. But seeing these great people on the screen really makes thismovie even greater for me. I don't think I am steering you wrong toaward this fine movie 8 of 10. I believe it is worth every point. And,yes, the writer doesn't tell you everything. Like so many other greatmovies a lot remains unsaid. I hope you enjoy it like I have.
Reviewed byjaynea38Vote: 8/10/10
I love James Gandolfini and this little movie showed me why. In Downthe Shore he is a sad, lonely man disappointed in what life has handedhim and yet powerless to change anything. The bleak setting of theshore in winter, a broken down amusement park and the tiny run downhouses (although the house weirdly gets bigger and nicer as the filmgoes on), produce an almost claustrophobic feeling to the film.Everyone before has said it..its beautifully acted and filmed. Butafterwards I kept asking myself questions in the plot that were neverfully explained. I gave it an 8 because it's a beautiful well craftedfilm...but flawed.
The lives of three childhood friends on the Jersey Shore begin to unravel when a secret from their past is revealed.