70

Variety

By Joe Leydon
First-time feature helmer Brian Crano maneuvers some tricky tonal shifts with impressive ease in A Bag of Hammers, a droll, quirky comedy with a pleasant amount of heart.
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65

Movieline

It's a film that should be appallingly twee, but more often than not is actually scruffy and sweet, thanks to a nicely underplayed turn by Chandler Canterbury as the kid, Kelsey, and the chemistry between Jason Ritter and Jake Sandvig as hipster grifters Ben and Alan.
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60

Village Voice

A few striking performances - Ritter, Preston, and Canterbury are especially great - smooth out what might have been a much bumpier ride.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Woven amid the glib one-liners and contrived scenarios is an unexpected, and undeniably touching, sense of heart.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Rebecca Hall is wasted as Sandvig's sister and the film's voice of reason.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
Suffers from both an odd, ineffective structure and a low-key tone that jars uncomfortably with the subject matter and makes the film's stakes seem unnecessary low.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A dicey blend that generates viewer goodwill but can't make its conflicting vibes gel, A Bag of Hammers will play best with the most soft-hearted viewers provided they don't mind rooting for unrepentant felons.
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50

The New York Times

Any film tossing comic interludes among its closing credits has to be convinced of their hilarity and of the good will the movie has earned with viewers by then. Perhaps the film's naked traffic in sentiment up to that point made Mr. Crano so bold. Whatever; his confidence was unwarranted.
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30

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
Thin, neatly folded, paper-airplane of a movie threatens to nose dive into tweeville.
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20

Time Out New York

By Nick Schager
The real scam was the filmmakers tricking Rebecca Hall (and a cameoing Amanda Seyfried) into participating in this blunt instrument of an indie.
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50 out of 100
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