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Based on 27 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Instead of the easy attitudinizing that is the default position for teen comedies, Gimme the Loot fills each frame with raw talent and exuberance. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Little by little, though, the cluelessness grew endearing, the cross-purpose conversations intricately funny, the gritty look appealing. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The pair are scrappy and smart and riff off each other like a no-budget, indie version of Tracy and Hepburn. It's impossible not to like them, and there's absolutely no reason not to. show more

  • 80
    New York Daily News

    Director Adam Leon, 31, has slyly and reverentially crafted a perfect New York movie, including the class tensions, relentless hustling and spontaneous connections that best define the exuberant strain of the city. The soundtrack, filled with mostly soul oldies, somehow feels exactly right for the sweaty New York summer of this scrappy kid-venture. show more

  • 70
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    Writer-director Adam Leon’s debut feature, Gimme the Loot, is a scrappy, funny, warmly observed delight from start to finish. show more

  • 85
    Scott Tobias NPR

    Leon isn't a flashy director, but he has an excellent sense of proportion. Gimme the Loot unfolds in a series of loose, funny, naturalistic scenes, but they never trail off into improvisational vapors. show more

  • 100
    Sheila O'Malley

    Gimme the Loot is thrilling, although there aren't any stereotypically "thrilling" sequences. The thrill comes from the compulsively watchable dynamic between the two leads (non-professional actors, both of them), the excellent supporting cast (also non-professionals), and the fun use of multiple locations throughout the bustling metropolis. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    This is a true New York movie, though in its ear and eye for atmospheric beauty it feels more French. show more

  • 75
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    It’s funny as hell, sometimes too self-consciously “indie” — but it leaves us with a final shot as perfect as anything I’ve seen to close a movie in quite some time. show more

  • 75
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    The young, novice actors are charming, but they haven’t completely mastered the art of natural-sounding dialogue. show more

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