(2014)

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Metascore

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70
Don't let the title of this indie gem fool you, Small Time has humor and heart big time.
70
Small Time is agreeably sentimental meat-and-potatoes fare with strong dashes of humor, executed with a sincerity that’s hard to resist.
60
Small Time is impressive, just slightly, because it’s the one thing used-car salesmen are rarely accused of being: honest.
60
The writer-director’s affection for his characters — the script is loosely autobiographical -- is both palpable and infectious.
60
It just sort of chugs along in predictable fashion, bolstered by a couple of good performances here, thrown off-track every now and then by implausible or unearned developments there, but overall a decent effort.
60
Variety
The narrative becomes more tenuous the deeper it strays into drama.
50
Village Voice
The film isn't without mirth and charm... But as Surnow steers into serious waters, the direction of the storytelling becomes increasingly misguided.
50
Small Time has its heart in the right place, but its screenplay’s in serious need of a tuneup.
42
Inert from the start, and presented with little emotional depth or weight, Small Time gets the car started but doesn't go anywhere interesting.
40
His (Surnow) unfocused script swerves all over the road, but Christopher Meloni and Dean Norris repeatedly get things back on track.

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