Vince The Cinephile’s review published on Letterboxd:
A reliable Denzel Washington cannot save the hokeyness and outdated technicality of John Lee Hancock’s (The Blind Side) mystery-crime thriller The Little Things. The film follows a semi-retired deputy sheriff who teams up with a hotshot detective in search for a dangerous serial killer. Part of the weakness of the overall film is its lethargic pacing and horrendous screenplay that downplays the audience’s sensibility to understand what’s happening. In turn, the subsequent events to the mystery becomes anti-climactic and exhausting.
This film is an example of a severe miscast of actors. Denzel Washington’s subtle turn is bogged down by Hancock’s clumsy writing. While Jared Leto and Rami Malek are quite misused and unconvincing in performances that feel like from a different film. Leto’s Manson-like performance is hilariously unhinged and cartoonish, it doesn’t ring true. While Malek seems to have a trouble assessing Hancock’s screenplay and his odd line deliveries doesn’t stick its correct landing. Overall, The Little Things forgot about those little things that make a great film. Jared Leto does not deserve his Globe and SAG nominations unfortunately.