• 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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Michael Szymanski
Hollywood.com

| Original Score: 1/5

September 8, 2005
James Rocchi
Netflix

Debut effort by "Project Greenlight" winner is sappy and amateurish.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 1/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Not nearly as entertaining as the behind-the-scenes stories.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 3, 2005
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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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 Source: L.A. Weekly

September 23, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

The screenplay is hugely overwritten, with tons and tons of dialogue -- most of it given to children.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2002
Frank Ochieng
Filmcritic.com

Never capitalizes on this concept and opts for the breezy and amateurish feel of an after school special on the subject of tolerance.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 25, 2002
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

In an effort, I suspect, not to offend by appearing either too serious or too lighthearted, it offends by just being wishy-washy.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

April 5, 2002
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

...tackling a low-budget movie in which inexperienced children play the two main characters might not be the best way to cut your teeth in the film industry.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 2, 2002
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It plays like a big-budget, after-school special with a generous cast, who at times lift the material from its well-meaning clunkiness.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

May 2, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Stolen Summer is no disaster, though. It's merely one more misfire fortunate enough to attract actors like Bonnie Hunt and Aidan Quinn, who almost make it work.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

January 30, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Stolen Summer would hardly be worth comment were it not for the story of how the film got made.

| Original Score: 2/5

February 14, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Taken on its own, Jones' first feature is a small thing, and no indicator of what he might do in the future with the TV lights turned off.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

March 21, 2002
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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Well-meaning but inert.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 21, 2002
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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An artificial exercise in personal childhood reverie whose squishy, generic personality shows evidence aplenty of corporate fingerprints.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

March 22, 2002
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
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Made with no discernible craft and monstrously sanctimonious in dealing with childhood loss.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 26, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Ill-considered, unholy hokum.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 1/4

May 3, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The problem, amazingly enough, is the screenplay.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

May 3, 2002
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Nearly all the fundamentals you take for granted in most films are mishandled here.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

June 27, 2002

The behind the scenes series is more interesting than the resulting movie, but it's still worth taking a look.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 28, 2002
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

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 Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 68/100

December 31, 2002
Emily Blunt
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April 7, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002
Andrew Rodgers
Zap2it.com
February 25, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY
May 13, 2002
David Rooney
Variety
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March 24, 2002

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August 23, 2002

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February 1, 2004

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
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