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  • Summary: A dumb crook, his wife and their gang of misfits strike it really big when a botched bank job's cover business becomes a spectacular success.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. A delicious comedy that starts out promisingly as a pleasant gag comedy but then turns unexpectedly into a bright social satire.
  2. The plot is lively and the dialogue packs many good laughs.
  3. 80
    The Woodman has recovered his common touch. On him, it looks good.
  4. 70
    Diverting and provides a satisfying alternative to teen-oriented summer comedy.
  5. For all its wispy fun, Small Time Crooks still tilts, with little-guy stubbornness, at windmills in Allen's mind.
  6. 63
    Can be recommended even if just for the presence of Elaine May, who turns in her most charmingly ditzy performance since "A New Leaf."
  7. A pleasant frolic, but fairly inconsequential in terms of the overall Allen output.

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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! Collapse
  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. Expand

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