Small Time (2014)
Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 7
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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 5
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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 257
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Ronnie Gene Blevins
Andrew James Allen
Brendan P. Connor
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Small Time plays out in plodding fashion that seems engineered to keep the audience at arms' length.
Coming-of-age drama delivers some laughs, but loses its way when things gets serious
"Small Time" is agreeably sentimental meat-and-potatoes fare with strong dashes of humor, executed with a sincerity that's hard to resist.
Don't let the title of this indie gem fool you, "Small Time" has humor and heart big time.
"Small Time" has its heart in the right place, but its screenplay's in serious need of a tuneup.
Writer-director Joel Surnow, the co-creator of 24, makes an assured, tangy feature debut with this semi-autobiographical story.
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.
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.
...a decent yet unspectacular debut that could (and should) have been so much better...
Inert from the start, and presented with little emotional depth or weight, Small Time gets the car started but doesn't go anywhere interesting.
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...
Powerful, wise and uplifting. It's a perfect Father's Day movie. One of the best family dramas in years.
Small Time gets great mileage from its central characters, who manage to do some pretty mean things without coming across as irredeemably bad people.
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.
'Small Time' still closes the deal, thanks to that one indefinable selling point: star charisma.
Audience Reviews for Small Time
- Al Klein: There are worse things in this world then being a used car salesman.
- Ash Martini: Like what.
- Al Klein: I have no idea.
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