Small Time Reviews

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August 30, 2019
Humdrum in every sense of the word, Surnow's film may indeed be a passion project made for his own enjoyment; unfortunately, it fails to be of particular interest to anyone else.
October 14, 2016
The feature film debut of veteran TV writer Joel Surnow, has little to offer and barely transcends. [Full review in Spanish]
October 14, 2016
This film combines comedy with melodrama resulting unconvincing and nothing exciting. [Full review in Spanish]
October 11, 2016
A film that runs out of gas while attempting to be minimally interesting. [Full review in Spanish]
May 22, 2015
Heartwarming and surprisingly sweet.
April 21, 2014
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
Small Time plays out in plodding fashion that seems engineered to keep the audience at arms' length.
April 21, 2014
Coming-of-age drama delivers some laughs, but loses its way when things gets serious
April 20, 2014
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
...a decent yet unspectacular debut that could (and should) have been so much better...
April 18, 2014
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
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 17, 2014
Powerful, wise and uplifting. It's a perfect Father's Day movie. One of the best family dramas in years.
April 17, 2014
"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
Don't let the title of this indie gem fool you, "Small Time" has humor and heart big time.
April 17, 2014
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
"Small Time" has its heart in the right place, but its screenplay's in serious need of a tuneup.
April 17, 2014
Writer-director Joel Surnow, the co-creator of 24, makes an assured, tangy feature debut with this semi-autobiographical story.
April 17, 2014
Overall a decent effort.
April 17, 2014
Surely a big-time Emmy winner like Surnow can do better.
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