Small Time Crooks (2000)



Critic Consensus: Woody Allen rises from his recent slump with Small Time Crooks. A simple, funny movie, Crooks proves Allen still has the touch that made his name synonymous with off-beat comedy.

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This story follows the illegal misadventures of an ex-con dishwasher and his wife, a manicurist who dreams of becoming rich by way of a bank robbery in New York City.
PG (for language)
Comedy , Drama
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Woody Allen
as Ray Winkler
Tracey Ullman
as Frances Frenchy Fox Winkler
Tony Darrow
as Tommy
Jon Lovitz
as Benny
Elaine Stritch
as Chi Chi Potter
Hugh Grant
as David
George Grizzard
as George Blint
Brian McConnachie
as Paul Milton
Kristine Nielsen
as Emily Bailey
Larry Pine
as Charles Bailey
Julie Lund
as Linda Rhinelander
Maurice Sonnenberg
as Garth Steinway
Richard Mawe
as Anthony Gwynne
Howard Erskine
as Langston Potter
Marvin Chatinover
as Dr. Henske
Sam Josepher
as Real Estate Agent
Lawrence Levy
as Dynamite Dealer
Carolyn Saxon
as Candy Salesperson
Dana Tyler
as TV News Reporter
Isaac Mizrahi
as Winklers' Chef
Frank Wood
as Oliver
Diane Bradley
as Cookie Store Customer
Crystal Field
as Cookie Store Customer
Cindy Carver
as Cookie Store Customer
Ray Garvey
as Cookie Store Customer
Bill Gerber
as Cookie Store Customer
Olivia Hayman
as Cookie Store Customer
Laurine Towler
as Cookie Store Customer
Fanda Nikic
as Cookie Store Customer
Steve Kroft
as Himself
Riccardo Bertoni
as Winklers' Butler
Teri Black
as Winkler Party Guest
John Doumanian
as Winkler Party Guest
Phyllis Burdoe
as Winkler Party Guest
Karla Wolfangle
as Modern Dance Performer
Rob Besserer
as Modern Dance Performer
Ruth Laredo
as Concert Pianist
Julie Halston
as Concert Party Guest
Anthony Sinopoli
as Frenchy's Chauffeur
Jesse Levy
as Church Cellist
Josephine Calabrese
as Churchgoer
Cindy Wilks
as Churchgoer
Trevor Moran
as Churchgoer
Peter McRobbie
as Frenchy's Lawyer
Douglas McGrath
as Frenchy's Lawyer
Christine Pipgras
as Potter Party Guest
Nick Garfinkle
as Potter Party Guest
Kenneth Edelson
as Potter Party Guest
Ira Wheeler
as Potter Party Guest
William Hill
as Potter Party Guest
Ramsey Faragallah
as Potter's Waiter
Scotty Bloch
as Edgar's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Small Time Crooks

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (22)

A lot of it is enjoyable.

December 31, 1999
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Small Time Crooks is a small-change Woody Allen film. It's also the writer-director's funniest in years.

December 31, 1999
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

More fun than anything Woody Allen has written and directed since Bullets Over Broadway.

December 31, 1999
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The ensemble cast performs in perfect cadence.

December 31, 1999
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

A delicious comedy.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A pleasantly surprising little treat.

December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Small Time Crooks

A decent but forgettable little comedy from Woody Allen concerning a couple of bumbling criminals who strike gold when their small business goes big. Not as funny as it should be given Allen's often ferocious bite, but never boring or not entertaining. Allen and Tracy Ullman make for a good pair, but often it feels like Woody is doing way to much improv work. But as said, it's not bad, it is mostly well-acted, but overall it just never amounts to anything above decent.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Amusing but uneven bank heist caper with Elaine May as its brightest spot

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

At the risk of sounding too repetitive (because I mention it in like every Woody review I do), I honestly don't know why people accuse Allen's work of deteriorating over the years. This is just as funny, if not funnier than, his early 70s works. I like it just as much as Sex, and a little more than Love and Death, and a whole lot more than Bananas. It's definitely a welcome return to form and I'm glad he's been dabbling in cross-genres but sometimes a straight-up comedy is what one needs. Tracy Ullman is a brilliant comedienne and gives depth to her one-dimensional character. S

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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