• Unrated, 1 hr. 27 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Brian Crano
    In Theaters:
    May 11, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jun 19, 2012
  • MPI Media Group

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A Bag of Hammers Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Like so many indie flicks, logic takes a back seat while quirkiness takes a Mr. Toad wild ride through the city.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

June 23, 2012
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

It's not difficult to project that Crano's charming anti-heros, in later life, will be swindling vulnerable little old ladies out of their homes and nest eggs.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

May 18, 2012
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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It's too little, too late for Crano's Wes Anderson-inflected innocence-disrupted project...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 17, 2012
Maryann Koopman Kelly
Paste Magazine

Well shot and well acted.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.3/10

May 11, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Brian Crano's very slight debut of a comedy.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 11, 2012
Andy Webster
New York Times
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Mr. Canterbury's character is a Hollywood child archetype: wan and withdrawn, all monosyllables and needy stares.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 10, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Woven amid the glib one-liners and contrived scenarios is an unexpected, and undeniably touching, sense of heart.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

May 10, 2012
Alison Willmore
Movieline

It's hard to say whether A Bag of Hammers is deliberately stylized or simply so lo-fi it inadvertently comes across that way, but the simplicity of its elements works.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6.5/10

May 10, 2012
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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It's a struggle all the way for A Bag Of Hammers, though its irony-crusted heart is in the right place.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

May 10, 2012
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

May start out sounding like a goofy buddy comedy, but stick with it - and it will surprise you. In a good way.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

May 10, 2012
Nick Schager
Time Out New York
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The real scam was the filmmakers tricking Rebecca Hall (and a cameoing Amanda Seyfried) into participating in this blunt instrument of an indie.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

May 9, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Most of it seems baffled and unclear. Some nice ideas floating around in here, but A Bag of Hammers is one of the few movies I can remember that appears to be composed mainly of outtakes.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

May 9, 2012
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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A few striking performances-Ritter, Preston, and Canterbury are especially great-smooth out what might have been a much bumpier ride.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 8, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Suffers from both an odd, ineffective structure and a low-key tone that jars uncomfortably with the subject matter and makes the film's stakes seem unnecessary low.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 6, 2012
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Well-meaning but innocuous.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C

April 25, 2012
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Happy, uncynical, and heartfelt, so gosh-darned likable that any flaws in its methods are easily overlooked.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

June 23, 2011
Joe Leydon
Variety
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First-time feature helmer Brian Crano maneuvers some tricky tonal shifts with impressive ease in A Bag of Hammers, a droll, quirky comedy with a pleasant amount of heart.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 7, 2011
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com

Brian Crano's A Bag of Hammers turns out to be that rare tale that surprises in its maturity while never losing the reality of leopards trying to change their spots.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2011
Gabe Toro
The Playlist
May 12, 2012
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