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Stevie Reviews

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Christy Lemire
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 4, 2003
| Original Score: C+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 25, 2003
Repeatedly, the miserable-looking filmmaker assures Stevie (or himself) that he'll 'be there' for him. With a camera in hand?
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
J. C. Farrow
March 27, 2003
The resulting two-hour-plus journey feels like an agonizing guilt trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
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
Blake French
February 15, 2003
Stevie has nothing to say about uninteresting people.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 9, 2003
A spectacle of suffering and liberal guilt.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 28, 2003
A brave and painful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Larry Carroll
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-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 7, 2003
[A] special documentary.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
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
Sarah Boslaugh
August 19, 2016
...captures an unusually candid portrait of grinding rural poverty.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Clint Morris
February 19, 2003
Influential, Inspiring and ultimately enriching..2003's answer to "Bowling for Columbine"
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
April 4, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
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-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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.
Arthur Lazere
April 7, 2003
[James'] greatest success here is in humanizing Stevie, a victim as well as a victimizer.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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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