• Released
  • June 10, 2005
  • Drama
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
A beautifully realized small film of understated power.
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70

L.A. Weekly

By Ernest Hardy
It's not really original stuff, and there are few genuine surprises, but Painter skillfully layers visual details and off-the-cuff dialogue into a smart, condescension-free piece on small towns and the complicated lives they contain. The standout here is the always-wonderful Seymour (Hotel Rwanda, Birth).
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The film's real star is the stunning Montana landscape, beautifully captured by cinematographer Paul Ryan.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
There's some nice low-key work amid the uneven performances, but the Montana-shot film's key strength is its sense of place.
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50

The New York Times

With its lovely scenery and languid pacing, has a warmth and a naturalness that transcend its overheated material.
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40

Film Threat

There’s enough character development for a 20-minute short, and 75 additional minutes are manufactured with slight variations on the same scenes in different rooms of the house.
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40

The A.V. Club

By Nathan Rabin
Steal Me suffers from a distinct charisma vacuum at the center, which makes it easy to linger on its many shortcomings, especially its stilted dialogue and pseudo-poetic, pseudo-philosophical narration.
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40

Variety

A classic case of overreaching, Steal Me boasts unorthodox camera angles, dramatic shifts in its palette and a generally adventurous visual style. What it lacks is believable dialogue, credible relationships and a serious foundation for its overripe psychology.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The teen actors grin twitchily as if tickled by sudden growth spurts, but apparently nothing can hurt their chances with the females in this libidinous zip code.
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38

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Solid performances can't save Melissa Painter's pretentious teen drama Steal Me, which plays like a cross between "Dangerous Skin" (without the gay sex) and "Picnic" (without the production values or credible situations).
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43 out of 100
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