Small Engine Repair
Small Engine Repair (2007)

An aspiring country singer and a weary mechanic living in a quiet Northern Ireland community receive an uneasy chill when an old friend is released from prison in director Niall Heery's affecting study of male vulnerability and human… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 22, 2007
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David Jenkins
Time Out

It's an admirable first feature from writer-director Niall Heery, but one that never really says anything broader about Irish society or the shackles of fame.

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David Mattin

It's Glen's brilliantly understated performance of the sensitive, troubled Doug that elevates Small Engine Repair way above the competition; by the end, his small journey of quiet redemption will mean everything to you.

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Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

By keeping the mood downbeat, director Niall Heery squeezes some extra mileage out of a cliche-ridden idea.

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Martin Hoyle
Financial Times

Not so much shapelessness as unvaried pace and emotional monotony spoil the engaging Small Engine Repair.

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Neil Smith
Total Film

A poignant character study with a pleasing mid-Atlantic sensibility, Niall Heery's debut feature is ultimately as inconsequential as one of Glen's clichéd compositions.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)

Sure, it's not going to break any box-office records, but this is a poignant, thoughtful film that deserves a wider audience than the handful likely to see it.

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Sky Cinema

Nashville comes to Northern Ireland in a low-key drama of tested friendships, unfulfilled ambitions and country music.

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