"There are no perpetrators and victims in the film… Nobody is screaming that these men are responsible for the high rates of HIV infection among African American women… Child's film shows men who, while not necessarily conflicted about their sexual orientation, fear familial, institutional or societal repercussions for revealing the truth."
- Anthony Glassman, Gay People's Chronicle, Cleveland, Ohio
"Child creates a compelling collective portrait of the physical, psychological and emotional travails of an underground lifestyle finally surfacing above ground."
- Tribeca Film Festival, New York NY
"Abigail Child's film takes a sensitive and understanding approach to the interview subjects and to issues related to downlow sexuality."
- NewFest, New York
"On The Downlow is a sensitively handled documentary focusing on bisexual African- American men in Cleveland who struggle to come out amidst the pressures of both the gay community and the black community."
- Brooklyn Academy of Arts, New York
"Highly Recommended. This excellent documentary focuses on several African-American bisexual men living in Cleveland, OH, exploring their relationship to their parents and children, to women, to the HIV/AIDS crisis, to their own sexuality, and to society. These young men, ranging in age from 18 to mid-thirties, share how they think of themselves and esplain the various ways they present themselves to society…"On the Downlow" is highly recommended for class on gender, sexuality and African-American studies."
- Martha Kelehan, Binghamton University, Educational Media Reviews Online