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Stolen Summer Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
Hollywood.com
September 8, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Debut effort by "Project Greenlight" winner is sappy and amateurish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 3, 2005
Not nearly as entertaining as the behind-the-scenes stories.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
September 23, 2002
A period story about a Catholic boy who tries to help a Jewish friend get into heaven by sending the audience straight to hell.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
May 3, 2002
The screenplay is hugely overwritten, with tons and tons of dialogue -- most of it given to children.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Filmcritic.com
March 25, 2002
Never capitalizes on this concept and opts for the breezy and amateurish feel of an after school special on the subject of tolerance.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 5, 2002
In an effort, I suspect, not to offend by appearing either too serious or too lighthearted, it offends by just being wishy-washy.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
May 2, 2002
...tackling a low-budget movie in which inexperienced children play the two main characters might not be the best way to cut your teeth in the film industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 2, 2002
It plays like a big-budget, after-school special with a generous cast, who at times lift the material from its well-meaning clunkiness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 30, 2002
Stolen Summer is no disaster, though. It's merely one more misfire fortunate enough to attract actors like Bonnie Hunt and Aidan Quinn, who almost make it work.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 14, 2002
Stolen Summer would hardly be worth comment were it not for the story of how the film got made.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 21, 2002
Taken on its own, Jones' first feature is a small thing, and no indicator of what he might do in the future with the TV lights turned off.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
March 21, 2002
Well-meaning but inert.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 22, 2002
An artificial exercise in personal childhood reverie whose squishy, generic personality shows evidence aplenty of corporate fingerprints.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
March 26, 2002
Made with no discernible craft and monstrously sanctimonious in dealing with childhood loss.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 3, 2002
Ill-considered, unholy hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 3, 2002
The problem, amazingly enough, is the screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
June 27, 2002
Nearly all the fundamentals you take for granted in most films are mishandled here.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 28, 2002
The behind the scenes series is more interesting than the resulting movie, but it's still worth taking a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
December 31, 2002
The young stars are too cute; the story and ensuing complications are too manipulative; the message is too blatant; the resolutions are too convenient.
| Original Score: 68/100
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