• 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

David Rooney
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March 26, 2009

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002
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

Arizona Republic
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August 23, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 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
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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The kids often appear to be reading the lines and are incapable of conveying any emotion.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 31, 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
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
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
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
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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A static and sugary little half-hour, after-school special about interfaith understanding, stretched out to 90 minutes.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 26, 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
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
Jan Stuart
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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
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
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Watching Stolen Summer makes one question the entire Project Greenlight process, starting with the notion that anyone off the street is fit to write and direct a motion picture if only they want it badly enough.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 0/5

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
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
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Begins promisingly with some nicely observed bits of comedy before drifting permanently into the kind of heavier message mode that would have made for the ideal after-school special.

March 22, 2002
Stephanie Zacharek
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It has the wide, winsome, don't-hurt-me eyes of a Walter Keane painting. Unfortunately, though, it isn't very good.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

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
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
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
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
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
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