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Stevie Reviews

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July 4, 2003
Read More | Original Score: C+
March 25, 2003
Repeatedly, the miserable-looking filmmaker assures Stevie (or himself) that he'll 'be there' for him. With a camera in hand?
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
March 27, 2003
The resulting two-hour-plus journey feels like an agonizing guilt trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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
February 15, 2003
Stevie has nothing to say about uninteresting people.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
May 9, 2003
A spectacle of suffering and liberal guilt.
March 28, 2003
A brave and painful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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 7, 2003
[A] special documentary.
March 18, 2003
Stevie is a depressing account of the ways in which violence perpetuates more violence, and a somber portrait of a family's (and health care system's) failure to give a young child the love and stability he so desperately needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2016
...captures an unusually candid portrait of grinding rural poverty.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 19, 2003
Influential, Inspiring and ultimately enriching..2003's answer to "Bowling for Columbine"
| Original Score: 3.5/5
March 28, 2003
One might conclude that the enormous value of a film like Stevie lies in its ability to take us places we'd probably never go otherwise -- not merely as guilty liberals, but as thinking individuals who want to learn something about the world we inhabit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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 4, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 7, 2003
A psalm, a piercing, deeply absorbing document of a thousand shades of gray. What gives Stevie its engrossing complexity is, of course, its unshackled, unflinching humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 28, 2003
In this complex and soulful documentary, Steve James (Hoop Dreams) explores his caring relationship with a troubled young man and in the process reveals that no one can save another person despite good intentions.
April 7, 2003
[James'] greatest success here is in humanizing Stevie, a victim as well as a victimizer.
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+
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