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Steal This Movie Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Abbie Hoffman biopic is unsatisfying.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 28, 2010
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Very entertaining film based on a true story. Well worth stealing!

| Original Score: 4/5

May 30, 2003
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

An uneven but fairly satisfying survey of Abbie's later life.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B

January 1, 2000

E! Online

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.

Full Review Source: E! Online

January 1, 2000
Ed Kelleher
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 1, 2000
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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A committed cast but an awkward script and no budget for production niceties.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner

The film implies that it's up to something appetizing, but the prevailing vibe is flimsy speechifying.

January 1, 2000
Pam Grady

What's missing is any sense of who Abbie Hoffman actually was.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

It's worth seeing just for D'Onofrio's performance, but wait 'till it comes out on cable or video.

January 1, 2000
Andy Klein
New Times

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.

January 1, 2000
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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D'Onofrio's blunderbuss performance obliterates whatever wit and charm Hoffman had.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
J. Rentilly
TNT's Rough Cut

Most of Steal This Movie plays with all the historical verity and cheapo sheen of a made-for-VH1 original.

January 1, 2000
Charles Taylor
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Bruce Graham's screenplay ... reduces any of the issues involved to slogans like, 'The personal is political.'

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January 1, 2000
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It had no craziness to it... and...its false sense of piety to its subject ruined the whole point of the film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C-

January 1, 2000
Henry Cabot Beck
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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.

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Harvey S. Karten

Deserves to be seen by a large audience for bringing the man's [Abbie Hoffman] endeavors to glorious life.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: 8/10

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The movie does a marvelous job of authentically capturing the look and mood of the period.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 8/10

January 1, 2000

It's not a brilliant film, but worthy of seeing.

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January 1, 2000
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