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Stolen (2010)



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Mad Men star Jon Hamm headlines this unusual low-budget mystery-thriller, as Detective Tom Adkins, a man haunted relentlessly by the disappearance of his ten-year-old son, Tommy, Jr. No leads immediately turn up in that case, but he does receive an early-morning phone call that draws him to the mangled and mutilated remains of a young boy slain 50 years prior. Tom takes on the case in an attempt to find absolution, and a second tale evolves, set 50 before, involving a man named Matthew Wakefield (Josh Lucas) and his son John. The baffling similarities between the Wakefield case and Tommy Jr.'s mysterious fate push Tom to the brink of sanity and ultimately lead him on a collision course with fate. Gradually, one step at a time, Tom stumbles onto the horrifying truth about what happened to his boy. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovimore
Rating: R (for a scene of sexuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Glenn Taranto
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 2010
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Jon Hamm
as Tom Adkins Sr.
Josh Lucas
as Matthew Wakefield
James Van Der Beek
as Diploma/Roggiani
Jimmy Bennett
as John Wakefield
Rhona Mitra
as Barbara
Joanna Cassidy
as Lea Adkins
Morena Baccarin
as Rose Montgomery
Rick Gomez
as Officer JJ
Andy Milder
as William Daniels
Sam Hennings
as Older Luke Wakefield
Tom Kemp
as Russell Macarthur
Marcus Thomas
as Pete Dunn
Rutanya Alda
as Older Sally Ann
Jude Ciccolella
as Police Chief
Beth Grant
as Older Edvena
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Critic Reviews for Stolen

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (12)

This gravely serious drama is as insular as a tomb with Muzak.

Full Review… | April 1, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A leaden murder mystery with a clunky structure that swings back and forth between 1958 and 2008, Stolen wastes the talents of a reasonably good cast.

Full Review… | March 18, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Not a masterpiece, perhaps, but technically polished, with inspired performances and enough suspense that by the time Mr. Hamm found the redemption that freed him from his own demons, I was so wired I needed a Valium.

Full Review… | March 17, 2010
New York Observer
Top Critic

No one is able to make much of the disposable script, but Hamm is so limited by the period trappings that it seems as if he simply wandered onto the wrong set.

Full Review… | March 16, 2010
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Plays like a middling episode of Law & Order: SVU, drawn out an extra half-hour and embellished with pretentious literary and cinematic flourishes.

March 12, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Though generally ham-fisted, Stolen may appeal to Hamm's more die-hard fans.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Stolen

Cast: Josh Lucas, Jon Hamm, Jimmy Bennett, Rhona Mitra, James Van Der Beek, Jessica Chastain, Beth Grant, Rutanya Alda, Morena Baccarin, Christian Bender

Director: Anders Anderson

Summary: Investigating the mystery behind the mummified, half-century-old remains of a young boy found in a box at a construction site gives a detective (Jon Hamm) key clues to his own son's disappearance eight years prior.

My Thoughts: "The mystery of the story is good and really keeps you at bay to who has taken/killed these children. But once he is shown, I was definitely surprised. The story unfolds in flashbacks. I found the Wakefield story more interesting then the present one. But there were character's and some scenes that just didn't need to be in the story or just didn't make sense. Like (a previous reviewer mentioned) the gas station couple. He was way to protective over his wife for her to be out late at a bar. Just didn't make sense. I will say the stories are both sad and you feel for the fathers. But Rhona Mitra gave a wooden performance and I found it hard to believe her as a mourning mother. Besides those bit of annoyances, it was a good suspense/mystery film."


Super Reviewer

Dark, grim, and emotionally gripping murder mystery that spans 50 years. From the onset the movie has a grim feel to it, and as it flashes back and forth between 2008 and 1958, you are slowly engrossed in a serial killer mystery. The performances by all are very good. The story is a very sad one, as any movie that revolves around child murders would be. Good movie, leaves you thinking.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


It is 2008 and Detective Tom Adkins(Jon Hamm) is called to a crime scene at a building site with his wife Barbara(Rhona Mitra) to see if the body is that of their son who disappeared from a diner eight years previously. It turns out that it is not theirs since the body is fifty years old.

It is 1958 and Matthew Wakefield(Josh Lucas) has two days to make a payment on his mortgage or the bank will foreclose on his house. In fact, he does not even have that much time when his wife hangs herself. And then it turns out that his sister Coral(Kali Rocha) can only take in two of his sons, leaving John(Jimmy Bennett) in his care.

"Stolen" might possibly have had a chance at success if it had stayed mostly with solving the 1950's mystery in the present because all we need to know about Matthew is that he is a drifter with a son, along with Jon Hamm nailing the anguish of a grieving parent perfectly. That's not excusing the movie's predictability, rendering it pretty much routine anyway, as this is the kind of movie that is designed to get under the skin of parents by warning them never to turn their backs on their children for a second or else very bad things will happen.(Look, I hate kids, will never have any and frankly don't care.) But blinking is still okay.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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