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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail transcends its less-than-dramatic trappings to present a gripping real-life legal thriller with far-reaching implications.

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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves--and their bank's legacy in the Chinatown community--over the course of a five-year legal battle.

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"Abacus" is probably the only film made in the past decade that could get an audience rooting for a bank, but it does just that.

July 21, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Using drawings and courtroom testimony, James creates a tense courtroom drama out of seemingly dry material.

June 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Steve James's impressively economical documentary folds together the events that led to the case, the place of Abacus in the Chinese-American community, the 2015 trial, and its aftermath.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's not every day that you end up rooting for a bank, but the story "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" tells is no ordinary tale.

June 8, 2017 | Full Review…

The lack of action is made up for by the gumption of the accused banking family, whose respect for each other is apparent even as they bicker and interrupt each other over trial strategy, press releases and the catered lunch.

June 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film's director, who would make an excellent character witness for the defence, raises ... questions but frustratingly doesn't answer them in an otherwise compelling documentary.

June 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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