The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.