Sweet and Lowdown is a 1999 American comedy-drama mockumentary film written and directed by Woody Allen. Loosely based on Federico Fellini’s film La Strada, the film tells the fictional story, set in the 1930s, of a self-confident jazz guitarist Emmet Ray who falls in love with a mute woman.
- Sean Penn as Emmet Ray
- Samantha Morton as Hattie
- Anthony LaPaglia as Al Torrio
- Uma Thurman as Blanche
- James Urbaniak as Henry
- John Waters as Mr. Haynes
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Sweet and Lowdown: Critical Response
“A slow, rich movie. Though it lags in places, the three lead performances are indelibly written in my memory. And the great jazz soundtrack and warm colors made this movie go down like a glass of bourbon.”
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 77% for 61 reviews. The audience score is rated 82% for 13971 notes.
Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 70 out of 100, based on 33 reviews and an user score of 8.1 based on 31 rating.
On French AlloCiné, it gets 3.9/5 (press, 21 reviews) and 3.3/5 (spectators, 1216 ratings).
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Blanche: What do you think of when you play? What goes through your mind?
Emmet Ray: Yeah, that I’m underpaid. I think about that sometimes.