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Steal Me

Steal Me (2005)

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

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A family goes through some changes when an unusual sort of drifter crosses their path in this independent coming-of-age drama. Jake (Danny Alexander) is a homeless 15-year-old kid with a fondness for stealing things and a precocious appetite for older women. Jake is passing through a small Montana town as he continues his search for the mother who abandoned him years before when he meets Tucker (Hunter Parrish) while stealing the radio out of his truck. Though Tucker is a bit older than Jake,

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Steal Me is a beautifully realized small film of understated power.

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's not really original stuff, and there are few genuine surprises, but Painter skillfully layers visual details and off-the-cuff dialogue into a smart, condescension-free piece on small towns and the complicated lives they contain.

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Everything about Steal Me, the new feature from the writer and director Melissa Painter, feels dangerously overripe.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Drifter comes to small town, gets all the ladies hot. But it's not the steamy, literate Picnic, starring William Holden - instead it's the pretentious Steal Me, an artily photographed, puzzlingly acted indie.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Solid performances can't save Melissa Painter's pretentious teen drama Steal Me, which plays like a cross between Dangerous Skin (without the gay sex) and Picnic (without the production values or credible situations).

September 9, 2005
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Steal Me has at least one indie-film cliché too many.

September 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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[Painter's] best achievement is the way she skillfully manipulates her almost-known cast into complicated characters that you can care about.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The often meandering Steal Me is a film that says just enough and leaves the rest to us to work out.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

If Alexander's performance isn't exactly a revelation, he's modest enough to allow pros like Seymour, a gifted actress usually relegated to supporting roles, do their thing.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The plot is never overwrought, but it never fully ripens either, mostly because of some of the actors' self-consciousness and the stop-and-go pace.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

The result is a film imbued with the tender awkwardness and poignancy of those first wary explorations--those electric moments that occur in the small space between childhood and newly discovered maturity.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Big Sky Country offers up an introspective teen drama about a teenage kleptomaniac who can't steal a break.

September 7, 2005
Monsters and Critics

Nobody in the film is going to steal the audience's attention span.

August 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A garbage bin for contrived poetic platitudes and ruminations on sex and stealing.

August 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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