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Stevie Reviews

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 22, 2003
["Stevie"] should be watched by any aspiring documentary filmmakers as a standard of excellence.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 19, 2003
Possibly looking for a personal catharsis, James gets a whole lot of heartbreak, yet still presents an unblinking portrait of a complex personality.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
April 18, 2003
It's a hard ride, and it brings you to places you wish you'd never consented to go, but it's worthwhile.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 18, 2003
Some viewers will feel moved to tears of compassion, and others will point to Stevie Fielding as an argument for more barbed wire on the prison walls. But there's no denying this is an important film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
April 18, 2003
The road of Stevie is a rough ride, and at 145 minutes, it's a long one. But in an age of so-called reality shows that are no more than hyped entertainment, it is a rewarding if distressing look at flawed but genuine human beings.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 18, 2003
Stevie is a fascinating, irritating movie, with a portrait of a hopelessly troubled young man at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 17, 2003
Bring Kleenex.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com
April 15, 2003
The director allows both lead characters to be seen as failures, remarkable for the fact that he himself is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 11, 2003
For all Stevie implies about the guilt, contradictions and confused motivations of its filmmaker, at bottom it is a deeply humane and touching experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
April 11, 2003
While ostensibly about how the System failed Stevie, this documentary is, of course, really about James who frets, ad nauseam, about his own motives in imposing himself on Stevie and his dysfunctional family.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 11, 2003
A remarkable and profoundly sad experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
April 11, 2003
Despite good reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival, this is the kind of squishy lost cause that gives liberal guilt a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 11, 2003
Stevie is one of the saddest and most appalling documentaries extant, particularly for what it says about American society in general.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 11, 2003
James probes into some terrifyingly difficult places in an attempt to discover Stevie's soul as well as his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 11, 2003
Stevie is worth seeing for its provocative originality, and the debates it is bound to raise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
April 10, 2003
While Stevie surely tells an intriguing story, it is more interesting as a study of documentary filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: B
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 10, 2003
A devastating portrait of a lost family in a forgotten corner of the country, utterly failed by a bankrupt social-services system.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 10, 2003
A monster weighted by the same human blemishes and stains that prevented us from caring when it might have mattered.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 7, 2003
[A] special documentary.
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
April 7, 2003
[James'] greatest success here is in humanizing Stevie, a victim as well as a victimizer.
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