• Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017)

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Release Date: May 19th, 2017

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

Abacus, a small family-run bank, becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend itself -- and its bank's legacy in the Chinatown community -- over the course of a five-year legal battle.

Director: Steve James

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Kartemquin Films, Motto Pictures

Keywords: Gripping, 2000s, Emotional, Fall, Underdog, New York City, Pursuit, Brooding

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Matt Zoller SeitzRogerEbert.com

    As gripping as the movie is as a legal thriller, it's even more notable as a portrait of a community. show more

  • 70
    Stephen DaltonThe Hollywood Reporter

    A minor but touchingly human subplot to the financial crash, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is both an affirmation and an indictment of the American Dream. show more

  • 80
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    Abacus: Small Enough To Jail isn’t as grand or engrossing a treatise as Hoop Dreams or The Interrupters, but in its intimate, well-observed way, the film is deeply moving and subtly shaming. show more

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Nominated Documentary (Feature)