Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 30, 2012
    This is a small film and knows exactly how to be a small film. Like many New Yorker short stories, its purpose is to strike a particular note and allow it to reverberate.
  2. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    May 11, 2012
    As obvious and expected as this turn of events is, the filmmakers and Hollyman create such an endearing character in Sarah that one still wants to see her get there.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jun 21, 2012
    A bland, insistently amiable comedy that doubles as road movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 8, 2012
    Unfortunately, its tale is so slight and simple that it also fails to say anything particularly poignant about life.
  5. 50
    The film would be better if it were gentler. It's broadly written and played, the actors too busy telegraphing their characters' emotions to let us contemplate their faces in peace.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    May 10, 2012
    The best thing about Small, Beautifully Moving Parts is its admission that a positive pregnancy test is not always cause for giddy celebration; the worst thing is that, even at a lean 73 minutes, this flimsy road movie feels at least 43 minutes too long.
  7. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    May 8, 2012
    Oddly enough, the film's best pro-tech argument is its look; shot on a consumer-grade digital camera, it's a testament to how elegantly framed low-budget projects can look these days.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    May 8, 2012
    Gentler and less aesthetically assaultive than offerings like 0s & 1s and Catfish, but it's not necessarily any subtler or more enlightening.

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