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  • Summary: When technophile Sarah Sparks becomes pregnant, her uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother living far away and off-the-grid. Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson co-direct this comic coming-of-parenthood tale for theWhen technophile Sarah Sparks becomes pregnant, her uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother living far away and off-the-grid. Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson co-direct this comic coming-of-parenthood tale for the internet age. (Long Shot Factory) Expand

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 30, 2012
    75
    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
    65
    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. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jun 21, 2012
    50
    A bland, insistently amiable comedy that doubles as road movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    May 8, 2012
    40
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    May 10, 2012
    40
    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: Andrew Schenker
    May 8, 2012
    38
    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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