A Bag of Hammers Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
June 23, 2012
Like so many indie flicks, logic takes a back seat while quirkiness takes a Mr. Toad wild ride through the city.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 18, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2012
It's too little, too late for Crano's Wes Anderson-inflected innocence-disrupted project...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Maryann Koopman Kelly
Paste Magazine
May 11, 2012
Well shot and well acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.3/10
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 11, 2012
Brian Crano's very slight debut of a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
May 10, 2012
Mr. Canterbury's character is a Hollywood child archetype: wan and withdrawn, all monosyllables and needy stares.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 10, 2012
Woven amid the glib one-liners and contrived scenarios is an unexpected, and undeniably touching, sense of heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alison Willmore
Movieline
May 10, 2012
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 | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 10, 2012
It's a struggle all the way for A Bag Of Hammers, though its irony-crusted heart is in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
May 10, 2012
May start out sounding like a goofy buddy comedy, but stick with it - and it will surprise you. In a good way.
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Nick Schager
Time Out
May 9, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 9, 2012
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.
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
May 8, 2012
A few striking performances-Ritter, Preston, and Canterbury are especially great-smooth out what might have been a much bumpier ride.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
May 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
April 25, 2012
Well-meaning but innocuous.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
June 23, 2011
Happy, uncynical, and heartfelt, so gosh-darned likable that any flaws in its methods are easily overlooked.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Leydon
Variety
June 7, 2011
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.
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
May 11, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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