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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A delicious comedy that starts out promisingly as a pleasant gag comedy but then turns unexpectedly into a bright social satire.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Sunnier and sillier than most of Allen's recent work, makes its belly laughs heartwarming. It's a most winning movie about losers.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The plot is lively and the dialogue packs many good laughs.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Woodman has recovered his common touch. On him, it looks good.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
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.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Though this is a tough movie to dislike, it plays more like a second draft than a final product.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
For all its wispy fun, Small Time Crooks still tilts, with little-guy stubbornness, at windmills in Allen's mind.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
Only Elaine May shines, in a weird and wonderful turn. Her loopy character has such a struck-by-lightning demeanor that she's always...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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...
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Rated PG | For language