Stolen Summer Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Despite all the flaws, plot holes, and continuity screw-ups, this was an enjoyable and sweet movie with a cute story.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 9, 2007
The background and conditions under which this film (part of HBO's Proejct Greenlight) was produced and documented (with step-by-step accuracy, humor, and cynicism, and self-importance) overshadow by far its underwhelming artistic merits; it's a clunker
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Clint Morris
Moviehole
May 6, 2005
A nice film with some really great actors
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 3, 2005
Not nearly as entertaining as the behind-the-scenes stories.
| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...an affable slice-of-life tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
December 31, 2002
The young stars are too cute; the story and ensuing complications are too manipulative; the message is too blatant; the resolutions are too convenient.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Jones has delivered a solidly entertaining and moving family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Debut effort by "Project Greenlight" winner is sappy and amateurish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
September 23, 2002
A period story about a Catholic boy who tries to help a Jewish friend get into heaven by sending the audience straight to hell.
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
July 15, 2002
A sweet, engaging family story about the nature of faith and the power of youthful innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 28, 2002
The behind the scenes series is more interesting than the resulting movie, but it's still worth taking a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
June 27, 2002
Nearly all the fundamentals you take for granted in most films are mishandled here.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 5, 2002
Contrived, maudlin and cliche-ridden...if this sappy script was the best the contest received, those rejected must have been astronomically bad.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Top Critic
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 31, 2002
The kids often appear to be reading the lines and are incapable of conveying any emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 16, 2002
The production has been made with an enormous amount of affection, so we believe these characters love each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 16, 2002
For a movie made outside the usual Hollywood system, Stolen Summer looks a lot like a movie made inside the system. The TV movie system.
Top Critic
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 16, 2002
Even when his technique is amateurish, Jones' belief in the material is refreshing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 10, 2002
The performances take the movie to a higher level.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
May 3, 2002
The screenplay is hugely overwritten, with tons and tons of dialogue -- most of it given to children.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 3, 2002
The problem, amazingly enough, is the screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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