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April 22, 2003
...one of the most overwhelmingly compassionate, humane and transcendent experiences I've ever had in a movie theater.
April 22, 2003
["Stevie"] should be watched by any aspiring documentary filmmakers as a standard of excellence.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 19, 2003
Possibly looking for a personal catharsis, James gets a whole lot of heartbreak, yet still presents an unblinking portrait of a complex personality.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 18, 2003
It's a hard ride, and it brings you to places you wish you'd never consented to go, but it's worthwhile.
April 18, 2003
Some viewers will feel moved to tears of compassion, and others will point to Stevie Fielding as an argument for more barbed wire on the prison walls. But there's no denying this is an important film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2003
The road of Stevie is a rough ride, and at 145 minutes, it's a long one. But in an age of so-called reality shows that are no more than hyped entertainment, it is a rewarding if distressing look at flawed but genuine human beings.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 18, 2003
Stevie is a fascinating, irritating movie, with a portrait of a hopelessly troubled young man at its center.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 17, 2003
Bring Kleenex.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 15, 2003
The director allows both lead characters to be seen as failures, remarkable for the fact that he himself is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 11, 2003
For all Stevie implies about the guilt, contradictions and confused motivations of its filmmaker, at bottom it is a deeply humane and touching experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 11, 2003
While ostensibly about how the System failed Stevie, this documentary is, of course, really about James who frets, ad nauseam, about his own motives in imposing himself on Stevie and his dysfunctional family.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 11, 2003
A remarkable and profoundly sad experience.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2003
Despite good reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival, this is the kind of squishy lost cause that gives liberal guilt a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 11, 2003
Stevie is one of the saddest and most appalling documentaries extant, particularly for what it says about American society in general.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 11, 2003
James probes into some terrifyingly difficult places in an attempt to discover Stevie's soul as well as his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2003
Stevie is worth seeing for its provocative originality, and the debates it is bound to raise.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2003
While Stevie surely tells an intriguing story, it is more interesting as a study of documentary filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 10, 2003
A devastating portrait of a lost family in a forgotten corner of the country, utterly failed by a bankrupt social-services system.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 10, 2003
A monster weighted by the same human blemishes and stains that prevented us from caring when it might have mattered.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 7, 2003
[A] special documentary.
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