Stolen Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 26, 2010
Hamm's and Lucas' performances are fine, but first-time director Anders Anderson is heavy-handed and overwrought, portraying emotional turmoil with clichés.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
March 9, 2010
Stolen reveals a filmmaking hand in need of a considerable amount of seasoning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
March 11, 2010
Every bit the unpleasant slog one might expect, glum and murkily shot, wallowing in pedantic histrionics and badly lacking the breathing room it desperately needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
June 22, 2010
Unvarying in tone and style, it's a rough slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Jordan Mintzer
Variety
March 9, 2010
A technically polished thriller marred by textbook filmmaking that grows increasingly dull as the plot wears on.
Mark Peikert
New York Press
March 10, 2010
Hamm himself is too smart a performer for movies like these, but let's write it off as a canny career move to take a vacation from Don Draper and his glumness.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 17, 2010
One poorly told story would be bad enough but with "Stolen" we have two.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 10, 2010
[A] graceless piece of tragedy porn...
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 12, 2010
Though generally ham-fisted, Stolen may appeal to Hamm's more die-hard fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 12, 2010
Plays like a middling episode of Law & Order: SVU, drawn out an extra half-hour and embellished with pretentious literary and cinematic flourishes.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 1, 2010
This gravely serious drama is as insular as a tomb with Muzak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 10, 2010
Not pretentious in its implications, 'Stolen' nevertheless depends excessively on coincidence, on unlikely connections and not clearly differentiated characters.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 9, 2010
In the lead-up to the inevitable connection, Anderson builds suspense around innumerable close-ups of telephone touchpads, liquids being spilled, [and] Lucas straining to be a credible hayseed.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
March 3, 2010
None of the actors make much of an impression in Stolen. But then, neither does the film itself.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 8, 2010
Two missing children stories are combined to less than compelling effect in this sluggish thriller.
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Kevin Lee
Time Out
March 10, 2010
Anders Anderson's thriller struggles to intertwine the two mysteries and ends up doing justice to neither.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 11, 2010
The low-boil mystery-thriller Stolen was once known as The Boy In The Box and then Stolen Lives, but now has a title as nondescript as its contents.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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