Small Crimes

A disgraced former cop, fresh off a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder - returns home looking for redemption but winds up trapped in the mess he left behind.


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  • ★★★½ review by Brian Tallerico on Letterboxd

    Imagine if Pat Healy, Macon Blair, Robert Forster, and Gary Cole were in a late '90s Elmore Leonard adaptation.

    Damn right you'd see it.

  • ★★★½ review by Asim Pollard on Letterboxd

    A Lannister always pays his debts I guess? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • ★★★½ review by Troy L on Letterboxd

    (Sometimes it's hard to clean up a mess you have made)

    This has a classic noir feel with a modern touch to it which I can dig

  • ★★★★ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd

    Another terrific Netflix Original from writer Macon Blair following I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore, Small Crimes is equal parts depraved, emotional, and darkly funny, with a fantastic cast, hard-boiled dialogue, twisty plotting, interesting characters, and witty offbeat humor.

  • ★★★½ review by Oob on Letterboxd

    Not sure what it is about E.L. Katz’s seedy, scuzzbucket protagonists that appeal to me more than most modern-day indie noir antiheroes, but, man, I’m pickin’ up what he’s puttin’ down. While not quite the same exhilarating trip through id-powered greedy self-effacement as the criminally underrated Cheap Thrills, Katz’s Netflix-only follow-up Small Crimes works as a tense, small-scale potboiler of dirty cops, dirtier ex-cons, and ye olde textbook destructive narcissism, a twisty tale less concerned with narrative cohesion than it is with making sure you feel just as filthy and corrupt as the amoral denizens sullying up every second of screentime. I can’t quite describe the film as a good time—the (somewhat) innocent are thoroughly punished throughout—but it’s a damned intriguing one, made all the more so by Gary Cole, Jackie Weaver, and Robert Forster doing some kickass scenery chewing. (Well, Forster doesn’t chew the scenery so much as woodenly berate it, but I like the guy. Sue me.) Not great, but, hell, I don’t expect greatness from Netflix originals. Compelling will do.

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