Abbie Hoffman biopic is unsatisfying.
| Original Score: 2/5
Very entertaining film based on a true story. Well worth stealing!
| Original Score: 4/5
An uneven but fairly satisfying survey of Abbie's later life.
| Original Score: B
While you may be inspired to get off your lazy ass and change the world, you'll still be left wondering who the real Abbie Hoffman was.
Seems to be caught between preaching to the converted and reinventing a complex real-life individual without fully exploring that person's humor, complexity and contradictions.
A committed cast but an awkward script and no budget for production niceties.
| Original Score: 2/4
The film implies that it's up to something appetizing, but the prevailing vibe is flimsy speechifying.
What's missing is any sense of who Abbie Hoffman actually was.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It's worth seeing just for D'Onofrio's performance, but wait 'till it comes out on cable or video.
In his attempt to capture Abbie, D'Onofrio ends up with an accent that not only doesn't sound like the way Abbie spoke, but in fact doesn't sound like the way anybody ever spoke.
D'Onofrio's blunderbuss performance obliterates whatever wit and charm Hoffman had.
Most of Steal This Movie plays with all the historical verity and cheapo sheen of a made-for-VH1 original.
Bruce Graham's screenplay ... reduces any of the issues involved to slogans like, 'The personal is political.'
The greater part of [D'Onofrio's] performance comes of as simply hysterical and shrill, an overwrought portrait of a raving lunatic who just happened to be exceedingly principled.
It had no craziness to it... and...its false sense of piety to its subject ruined the whole point of the film.
| Original Score: C-
For those who regarded Hoffman as the Bugs Bunny of radicalized Amerika, he wasn't the person played by Vincent D'Onofrio in Steal This Movie, good intentions notwithstanding.
Information enters the screen from too many directions ...This is distracting at first, but the movie smooths out and finds its rhythm, and the closing passages are quite moving.
| Original Score: 3/4
Deserves to be seen by a large audience for bringing the man's [Abbie Hoffman] endeavors to glorious life.
| Original Score: 8/10
The movie does a marvelous job of authentically capturing the look and mood of the period.
It's not a brilliant film, but worthy of seeing.