• PG, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Pete Jones
    In Theaters:
    Mar 22, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 24, 2002
  • Miramax Films


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Stolen Summer Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Despite all the flaws, plot holes, and continuity screw-ups, this was an enjoyable and sweet movie with a cute story.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
Clint Morris

A nice film with some really great actors

| Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2005
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an affable slice-of-life tale.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 1, 2003
Chris Gore
Film Threat

Jones has delivered a solidly entertaining and moving family drama.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 8, 2002
Eric D. Snider

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

September 18, 2002
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

A sweet, engaging family story about the nature of faith and the power of youthful innocence.

Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY) | Original Score: B

July 15, 2002
Brian Orndorf

Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Original Score: 8/10

May 19, 2002
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The production has been made with an enormous amount of affection, so we believe these characters love each other.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 16, 2002
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Even when his technique is amateurish, Jones' belief in the material is refreshing.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 16, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The performances take the movie to a higher level.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

May 10, 2002
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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If you ignore the stilted adult performances, Stolen Summer is a persuasive portrayal of boyhood friendship.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

April 26, 2002
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Stolen Summer is an accomplished and handsome production worthy of many big screen playdates.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 12, 2002
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Each character has depth and distinction; their interaction is a pleasure. And the story is one that has definite good-hearted purpose.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 6, 2002
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A sweet story appropriate for the whole family, though it feels a bit like an after-school special.

Full Review Source: USA Today

March 22, 2002
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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Plays out with a dogged and eventually winning squareness that would make it the darling of many a kids-and-family-oriented cable channel.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A delightful surprise because despite all the backstage drama, this is a movie that tells stories that work -- is charming, is moving, is funny and looks professional.

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

March 22, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Jones ... makes a great impression as the writer-director of this little $1.8 million charmer, which may not be cutting-edge indie filmmaking but has a huge heart.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2002
Erik Childress

Pete's screenplay manages to find that real natural, even-flowing tone that few movies are able to accomplish.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 20, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Stolen Summer isn't a home run, but it's a solid line drive up the middle.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 19, 2002
David Rooney
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Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
Andrew Rodgers
February 25, 2004

February 1, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002

Arizona Republic
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August 23, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002
Kim Linekin
May 13, 2002
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
April 7, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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