Stevie

Stevie

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  • Stevie
    2 minutes 25 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Stevie Reviews

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Christy Lemire
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: C+

July 4, 2003
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Repeatedly, the miserable-looking filmmaker assures Stevie (or himself) that he'll 'be there' for him. With a camera in hand?

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 25, 2003
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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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 Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 11, 2003
J. C. Farrow
Citysearch

The resulting two-hour-plus journey feels like an agonizing guilt trip.

Full Review Source: Citysearch | Original Score: 4/10

March 27, 2003
C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

April 11, 2003
Blake French
Filmcritic.com

Stevie has nothing to say about uninteresting people.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 15, 2003
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A spectacle of suffering and liberal guilt.

May 9, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A brave and painful film.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 28, 2003
Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com

The director allows both lead characters to be seen as failures, remarkable for the fact that he himself is one of them.

Full Review Source: Countingdown.com | Original Score: A-

April 15, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[A] special documentary.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 7, 2003
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Stevie is a depressing account of the ways in which violence perpetuates more violence, and a somber portrait of a family's (and health care system's) failure to give a young child the love and stability he so desperately needed.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2003
Clint Morris
Moviehole

Influential, Inspiring and ultimately enriching..2003's answer to "Bowling for Columbine"

| Original Score: 3.5/5

February 19, 2003
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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One might conclude that the enormous value of a film like Stevie lies in its ability to take us places we'd probably never go otherwise -- not merely as guilty liberals, but as thinking individuals who want to learn something about the world we inhabit.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 4/4

March 28, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

James probes into some terrifyingly difficult places in an attempt to discover Stevie's soul as well as his own.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 11, 2003
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

Full Review Source: Blunt Review | Original Score: 4/4

April 4, 2003
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

A psalm, a piercing, deeply absorbing document of a thousand shades of gray. What gives Stevie its engrossing complexity is, of course, its unshackled, unflinching humanity.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: A-

April 7, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

In this complex and soulful documentary, Steve James (Hoop Dreams) explores his caring relationship with a troubled young man and in the process reveals that no one can save another person despite good intentions.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 28, 2003
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net

[James'] greatest success here is in humanizing Stevie, a victim as well as a victimizer.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

April 7, 2003
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

April 19, 2003
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

["Stevie"] should be watched by any aspiring documentary filmmakers as a standard of excellence.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

April 22, 2003
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Compelling, while at the same time off-putting, the documentary presents what seems to be a sincere and boldly honest glimpse into the life one Stevie Dale Fielding. Some ten years prior, the filmmaker (Steve James) offered himself as a big brother to the

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card

March 5, 2003
Bill Gallo
Dallas Observer
May 2, 2003
Eddie Cockrell
Variety
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January 1, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 11, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
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