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Stolen Summer Reviews

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.
June 27, 2002
Nearly all the fundamentals you take for granted in most films are mishandled here.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 31, 2002
The kids often appear to be reading the lines and are incapable of conveying any emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 16, 2002
Even when his technique is amateurish, Jones' belief in the material is refreshing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 10, 2002
The performances take the movie to a higher level.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 3, 2002
The problem, amazingly enough, is the screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 3, 2002
Ill-considered, unholy hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 26, 2002
If you ignore the stilted adult performances, Stolen Summer is a persuasive portrayal of boyhood friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 26, 2002
A static and sugary little half-hour, after-school special about interfaith understanding, stretched out to 90 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 26, 2002
Made with no discernible craft and monstrously sanctimonious in dealing with childhood loss.
March 22, 2002
A sweet story appropriate for the whole family, though it feels a bit like an after-school special.
March 22, 2002
An artificial exercise in personal childhood reverie whose squishy, generic personality shows evidence aplenty of corporate fingerprints.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 22, 2002
Plays out with a dogged and eventually winning squareness that would make it the darling of many a kids-and-family-oriented cable channel.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 22, 2002
Watching Stolen Summer makes one question the entire Project Greenlight process, starting with the notion that anyone off the street is fit to write and direct a motion picture if only they want it badly enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
March 22, 2002
Jones ... makes a great impression as the writer-director of this little $1.8 million charmer, which may not be cutting-edge indie filmmaking but has a huge heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2002
Begins promisingly with some nicely observed bits of comedy before drifting permanently into the kind of heavier message mode that would have made for the ideal after-school special.
March 22, 2002
A delightful surprise because despite all the backstage drama, this is a movie that tells stories that work -- is charming, is moving, is funny and looks professional.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2002
It has the wide, winsome, don't-hurt-me eyes of a Walter Keane painting. Unfortunately, though, it isn't very good.
March 21, 2002
Well-meaning but inert.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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+
March 19, 2002
Stolen Summer isn't a home run, but it's a solid line drive up the middle.
February 14, 2002
Stolen Summer would hardly be worth comment were it not for the story of how the film got made.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4