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The Tao of Steve (2000)



Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 0

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Jenniphr Goodman makes her directorial debut with this film about an overweight slacker who has an unusual ability to attract the ladies. The film opens in Santa Fe with portly Don Juan Dex (Donal Logue) at his college reunion. Two of his school day conquests comment about how much weight Dex has gained since graduation. He gamely flirts with a student bartender, but he finds himself attracted to Syd (Greer Goodman) the attractive blonde drummer of the band. Later, Dex tries to teach one of his

Mar 20, 2001


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All Critics (80) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (10) | DVD (14)

Sweet, funny romantic comedy for mature audiences.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Turns from interesting character study to wan romantic comedy.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source:

Though employing an utterly conventional romantic design, it tweaks the formula come across as charmingly distinctive rather than tiredly imitative.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

I cannot believe this movie didn't make a boatload of money.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Another reverse-sexist diatribe that knows not what it says about anything related to the sexes.

February 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Smooth polish, original writing, and good acting.

September 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

The Tao of Steve has some genuinely comic scenes, some emotionally interesting scenes, and some inter-sexual insights worthy of expression.

June 15, 2001 Full Review

The best movie about slacking since 'The Mother and the Whore.'

March 18, 2001 Full Review Source:

The writing in this movie, by Duncan North, Greer Goodman and Jenniphr Goodman, among others, is as smart as anything I've seen in the past year.

February 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Jenniphr Goodman directs The Tao of Steve with a casual charm that beautifully conveys its offbeat textures and lovable characters.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Will woo you into shedding your romantic-comedy fatigue.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Amiable and affable, but only occasionally successful in making pertinent observations about the ongoing battle of the sexes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The film reminded me of those old-fashioned Hollywood studio romantic/comedy films of the '30s and '40s...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Tao of Steve

A different kind of romcom, but a romcom nonetheless, about the pairing of a slacker by choice with the forgotten woman from his college days who got away. Interesting dialogue, but ...
December 16, 2011

Super Reviewer

Above average comedy with an original script. Movie has a lot of philosophical references and humor which is central to the protagonist's essence, using philosophy and knowledge to sleep with women.

Downfalls of the movie are casting, some of the acting is bad but the lead actor from Grounded for Life delivers. Shot in New Mexico which makes the settings more interesting and open. Good overall film.
May 16, 2009
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

This is the story of Dex --a once hot, now overweight, out of shape, smart but totally without ambition, ladies man who is still picking up chicks with his philosophy called the Tao of Steve. But he meets up with one woman at a college reunion who doesn't fall for his smooth lines, which makes him want her even more. It's familiar ground, but Donal Logue as Dex does a good job at making Dex seem both sympathetic and a total jerk. He seems a natural for the role, like he might actually live his life like this. I liked this a lot, and hated it too. Why? Because I found Dex funny and charming and smart, and I can see my stupid ass falling for all the tricks of the trade Dex uses to get women. All his speeches on philosophy could stir my libido as well as my brain. But I hope my common sense would eventually kick in and I'd tell his cocky, underachieving self to take a hike.
July 10, 2007

Super Reviewer

A mediocre movie I saw on HBO without nudity. Pretty funny at least.
March 23, 2006

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