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Critic Reviews for Stevie
Stevie is a tough movie to watch and an even tougher one to leave, because once you're involved you're implicated.
A spectacle of suffering and liberal guilt.
A powerful chronicle of a human life.
A haunting documentary/ personal essay that provokes violently mixed feelings toward both subject and filmmaker.
Filmmaker James -- whose wife is a social worker -- should be applauded for his courage and commitment.
Audience Reviews for Stevie
Well done. Interesting. You get a glimpse of southern Illinois that isn't surprising if you've spent any time there.
Steve James' only good work along with Hoop Dreams. I liked this a lot more the first time I saw it. It felt real. Upon a recent viewing I felt this was a pain to sit through. James gets his point across about halfway through the doc, but you're forced to sit through another 70 minutes of exploitation. And I have a hard time figuring out why he wanted to make this film. You never really find out his true feelings about Stevie. First he feels sorry for him, then he bashes him for his poor decisions, then he defends him. In the end I felt Stevie was a monster. Molesting children is inexcusable. I don't care how hard your life was growing up. It's still an interesting story though.
Heart wrenching and real, this documentary shows what on the surface appears to be simply an undereducated young man. As it unravels we begin to see more of the troubling details of his life. Very well done documentary.
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