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Doug (Iain Glen), a sullen Irishman with a weak spot for country music, rages against the limitations of his small timber town when he finds the courage to record a demo of songs he's been writing in secret for years. Doug's gesture breathes new life into his friends Bill (Steven Mackintosh), a mechanic resigned to a life of quiet desperation, and Burley (Stuart Graham), an ex-con and community outcast who has recently returned after serving time for a hit-and-run.

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  • Not so much shapelessness as unvaried pace and emotional monotony spoil the engaging Small Engine Repair.

    September 7, 2007 | Full Review…
  • It's Glen's brilliantly understated performance of the sensitive, troubled Doug that elevates Small Engine Repair way above the competition; by the end, his small journey of quiet redemption will mean everything to you.

    September 7, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's an admirable first feature from writer-director Niall Heery, but one that never really says anything broader about Irish society or the shackles of fame.

    September 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • By keeping the mood downbeat, director Niall Heery squeezes some extra mileage out of a cliche-ridden idea.

    September 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Fine performances from Glen and Mackintosh elevate this touching tale of friendship, loyalty and broken dreams.

    February 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Sure, it's not going to break any box-office records, but this is a poignant, thoughtful film that deserves a wider audience than the handful likely to see it.

    September 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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