Stolen Summer (2002)

Stolen Summer



Critic Consensus: Stolen Summer feels like a sugary after-school special stretched out to feature length.

Movie Info

Pete (Adi Stein) is an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-'70s. Pete attends Catholic school, where as classes let out for the summer, he's admonished by a nun to follow the path of Lord, and not that of the Devil. Perhaps taking this message a bit too seriously, Pete decides it's his goal for the summer to help someone get into heaven; having been told that Catholicism is the only sure path to the kingdom of the Lord, Pete decides to convert a Jew to … More

Rating: PG (for thematic elements and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Pete Jones, Peter Jones
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 24, 2002
Box Office: $0.1M
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as Joe O'Malley

as Margaret O'Malley

as Pete O'Malley

as Rabbi Jacobsen

as Pete O'Malley

as Father Kelly

as Danny Jacobsen

as Patrick o'Malley

as Mrs. Jacobsen

as Mary O'Malley

as Seamus O'Malley

as Tommy O'Malley

as Katie O'Malley

as Eddie O'Malley

as Sister Leonora Mary

as Roger O'Malley

as Jeffrey Jacobsen
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Critic Reviews for Stolen Summer

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (28)

A period story about a Catholic boy who tries to help a Jewish friend get into heaven by sending the audience straight to hell.

Full Review… | September 23, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Nearly all the fundamentals you take for granted in most films are mishandled here.

Full Review… | June 27, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The kids often appear to be reading the lines and are incapable of conveying any emotion.

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Even when his technique is amateurish, Jones' belief in the material is refreshing.

May 16, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The performances take the movie to a higher level.

May 10, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

The problem, amazingly enough, is the screenplay.

Full Review… | May 3, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Stolen Summer


This movie demonstrates the innocence I think God intends us all to view Him with but have forgotten how to do. I am Spiritual without being religious and this movie shows it takes that "faith" of doing good more so than following traditions to get to Heaven. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhist or any faith cannot say they have it "right" .... they each just have faith in what they have been taught. It takes eyes like a child sometimes to see through the BS religion has fed us. This movie is not preachy, but should give many (like me) something to think about. Sweet story! Plus I was 9 in 1976, so I loved seeing the kids on banana seat bikes!! I see a lot of me in the character Pete (but I was not raised Catholic)! lol

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


Very sweet and endearing...

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


Sweet drama with good performances by all.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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