Adam Cook’s review:
There is a distinct American feel to Small Engine Repair, not only because of the country singer at the heart of the story but also the small nondescript woodland town that it is set in. In fact the only thing that gives its Irish roots away are the accents. It is a gentle film about friendship and unrealised dreams with a strong central performance by Iain Glen and solid support from Steven Mackinstosh.
Yet whilst it does nothing fundamentally wrong it is a film that feels all too familiar. It is a story we’ve seen before and it does little to really differentiate itself from the crowd. There is a hint of promise in the return of an old friend from prison looking for revenge on the person that helped send him down. His presence adds a much needed tension to proceedings but the film never quite utilises his involvement to the fullest. Still, it is a perfectly decent and charming film, just one that is rather forgettable.