Small Time Crooks

Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. 54
    Only Elaine May shines, in a weird and wonderful turn. Her loopy character has such a struck-by-lightning demeanor that she's always delightfully off in her own comic orbit even in the tritest of scenes.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    Sour and mostly feeble, with a depressingly curdled worldview. It bears no resemblance to Allen's surreal, open-ended comedies.
  3. Allen was out of his element in creating characters who feel like East Coast cousins of the Clampetts, and his dialogue has never been more banal or forced.
  4. 50
    This thin, clichéd comedy of crime and social climbing contains some scattered laughs and whole lot of padding.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    50
    It's a sweet little snack of a movie that leaves the heavier courses for some other outing.
  6. 50
    It's a comedic caper with a slap-your-head-in-kookiness that ends up making Allen, at this age, seem like an old man desperately still trying to ham it up at the dinner table.
  7. A pleasant frolic, but fairly inconsequential in terms of the overall Allen output.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Dec 8, 2010
    8
    Anyone that knows anything about Woody Allen will realize that SMALL TIME CROOKS is a return to what Woody Allen does best... MAKE PEOPLEAnyone that knows anything about Woody Allen will realize that SMALL TIME CROOKS is a return to what Woody Allen does best... MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH! All that give this movie a bad review probably like Woody's attempts to find ARTISTIC CINEMA! Well Woody is best served by doing what made him famous, ridiculously funny comedy. By the way if you think PURPLE ROSE is a Woody Allen hit, you have to answer the door (reality is trying to talk to you). Since ANNIE HALL won best picture, it was and is the ONLY COMEDY to do such. Hence, nobody gives comedy its due. By the way it is MUCH harder to make people laugh than it is to make them cry! Keep making me laugh Woody!! Small Time Crooks is a GEM! Full Review »
  2. Sep 1, 2011
    5
    While it drags in parts and has a slim margin between hits and misses, Small Time Crooks does a number of funny (and unexpected) plotWhile it drags in parts and has a slim margin between hits and misses, Small Time Crooks does a number of funny (and unexpected) plot developments, and a nice role reversal for Allen's character. Full Review »