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Stevie Reviews

August 14, 2003
Stevie is a tough movie to watch and an even tougher one to leave, because once you're involved you're implicated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 4, 2003
Read More | Original Score: C+
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May 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 9, 2003
A spectacle of suffering and liberal guilt.
May 9, 2003
A powerful chronicle of a human life.
May 1, 2003
A haunting documentary/ personal essay that provokes violently mixed feelings toward both subject and filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 24, 2003
Filmmaker James -- whose wife is a social worker -- should be applauded for his courage and commitment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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 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 worth seeing for its provocative originality, and the debates it is bound to raise.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 7, 2003
[A] special documentary.
April 3, 2003
Of course, James is exploiting Stevie, but the peculiar power of this film lies in James' indirect acknowledgment of it and his hope that his film has some point and value.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 3, 2003
James makes visible the process by which a lost soul cuts himself off from emotion in order to survive, only to find that, in the bargain, he's lost the ability to open himself up to anyone who might want to throw him a line.
March 31, 2003
If James and his crew can spend years with these blighted souls, surely you can spend two hours with them, exploring compassion's outer limits.
March 28, 2003
Stevie is gripping in its intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
March 28, 2003
A brave and painful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 28, 2003
Overly long and uncomfortably intrusive, but never less than compelling.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2003
Because Stevie has none of the glamour of Hoop Dreams, with its portrait of gifted teenage athletes struggling for glory, it is not nearly as likable a film; but in its earnest, plodding way it is every bit as deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 27, 2003
Filmmaker Steve James brings the same access, passion and skill to Stevie that he brought to 1994's Hoop Dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 27, 2003
Deeply human, consummate reportage.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 25, 2003
Repeatedly, the miserable-looking filmmaker assures Stevie (or himself) that he'll 'be there' for him. With a camera in hand?
March 20, 2003
Emerges painfully but profoundly as one of the most unusual, if not absolutely unique, efforts in the field of nonfiction filmmaking.
January 29, 2003
Demonstrates how an exceptional documentary can be every bit as emotionally compelling, original and surprising as any first-rate fictional work.