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Small Time (2014)



Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 5

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Joel Surnow

Jun 2, 2014

Anchor Bay Films

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Small Time plays out in plodding fashion that seems engineered to keep the audience at arms' length.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Coming-of-age drama delivers some laughs, but loses its way when things gets serious

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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"Small Time" is agreeably sentimental meat-and-potatoes fare with strong dashes of humor, executed with a sincerity that's hard to resist.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Don't let the title of this indie gem fool you, "Small Time" has humor and heart big time.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"Small Time" has its heart in the right place, but its screenplay's in serious need of a tuneup.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Writer-director Joel Surnow, the co-creator of 24, makes an assured, tangy feature debut with this semi-autobiographical story.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
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Filled with humor and heart, it's an insightful, endearing father/son coming-of-age comedic drama, destined for well-deserved popularity on the DVD shelf.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
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Small Time is an appropriate title for this period piece dramedy, the type of film whose meandering tone and lack of stakes inform savvy viewers of the fact that it's 'inspired by true events' even without benefit of a credits title card.

April 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

...a decent yet unspectacular debut that could (and should) have been so much better...

April 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Inert from the start, and presented with little emotional depth or weight, Small Time gets the car started but doesn't go anywhere interesting.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Toss in some scenes cleverly reminiscent of the spritzy routines of Diner (but with older folks) and the boiler-room sales tactics of Glengarry Glen Ross, and you've got the best highlights of Small Time...

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Powerful, wise and uplifting. It's a perfect Father's Day movie. One of the best family dramas in years.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Small Time gets great mileage from its central characters, who manage to do some pretty mean things without coming across as irredeemably bad people.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

With his personal proximity to the subject, Joel Surnow brings genuine warmth to his characters. Some of the gags and drama feel artificial, but the movie works because the talented cast sell it so well.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

'Small Time' still closes the deal, thanks to that one indefinable selling point: star charisma.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

A refreshingly-realistic, slice-of-life drama highlighting the plight of a teen with a hole in his soul who's understandably torn between moving on with his life and making up for lost time.

April 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Baret News
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Audience Reviews for Small Time

This sweet family drama is written and directed by Joel Surnow. Steady, safe, with good dialogues and chemistry between the actors Dean Norris, Bridget Moynahan and Christopher Meloni, it will please you and make you feel good. This is a film that is about people, just an interesting story about seemingly normal folks.

The life of Al Klein (Christopher Meloni)-a divorced used car salesman whose ethics are extremely limited to say the least, seems washed away! He and his partner, Ash (Dean Norris), are smart talking car salesmen who will say almost anything to close a sale (and they are very good at what they do). A big change comes to Al, when his son, Freddy (Devon Bostick), graduates, and decides not to go to college at Cal Poly (one of the top schools in the country), and wants to move in with dad and go to work with him selling cars...

The smooth screenplay was matched by smooth directing and this wonderful character-driven story presents us with a real character growing in realistic way, with reasonable change. It had it's funny moments, even as a drama. Add it to your list! This film would make an excellent date night. Women seem to really like Meloni and the film has a lot for the guys as well. Intelligent and well worth your time.
July 15, 2014
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    1. Al Klein: There are worse things in this world then being a used car salesman.
    2. Ash Martini: Like what.
    3. Al Klein: I have no idea.
    – Submitted by Colleen S (4 months ago)
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