Reminiscent of director's earliest work, the film bears a certain slapstick quality. Thematically, it wonders about, and just like in "Sleeper", somewhere between rising and falling action it turns into a romantic comedy, dealing deeply with protagonists opposed to story it started with. Which is all fine, but lacking in amusing dialogues and a more creative plot, this didn't work out as well.
Although it is now 16 years old, I would say that Small Time Crooks is one of Woody's most entertaining films, focused on a love story that revolves around crime in the most endearing of ways. Allen and Ullman work as a great on-screen team and because of this, there are some laugh out loud moments that I was not expecting. Let's just say "I'm going to slam your head off" is one of my favorite film lines. See this.
Commedia leggera e divertente,senza troppe introspezioni,che riflette l'inizio del corso alleniano degli anni 2000. La prima parte è folgorante,sia per il menage' di coppia che per il reclutamento e la partenza dei "lavori".Poi dopo la svolta "monetaria" il film e la regia si appiattiscono parecchio,il ritmo cala drasticamente fino a risalire però nella strepitosa scena della collana. Alti e bassi,per un Allen medio.