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Based on 32 Reviews
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  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The Woodman has recovered his common touch. On him, it looks good. show more

  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    A delicious comedy that starts out promisingly as a pleasant gag comedy but then turns unexpectedly into a bright social satire. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Though this is a tough movie to dislike, it plays more like a second draft than a final product. show more

  • 100
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Sunnier and sillier than most of Allen's recent work, makes its belly laughs heartwarming. It's a most winning movie about losers. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 54
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    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. show more

  • 88
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The plot is lively and the dialogue packs many good laughs. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Dumb as they (allegedly) are, the characters in Small Time Crooks are smarter, edgier and more original than the dreary crowd in so many new comedies. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    Stooge-filled farce offers low laughs but lacks a point. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    It's the kind of movie you can settle into, secure in the expectation that you can steal from it more than a little vintage Allen fun. show more

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