100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
It's no accident that this movie is named after both the filmmaker and his subject. It stands with the most thoughtful releases of recent months, and will linger in memory.
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
It's hard to recall the last movie that has left such an emotionally searing question dangling in the mind: "What if ... ?"
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
So troubling and unflinchingly honest that watching it becomes a test of empathy and compassion.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Stevie seems destined to end the way it does, and is the more courageous and powerful for it. A satisfying ending would have been a lie.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Gripping in its intimacy.
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75

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
Overly long and uncomfortably intrusive, but never less than compelling.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
A painful documentary film, partly because of its subject, partly because of the troubling questions raised by the filmmaker's approach.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Stevie is compelling, real-life drama: bleak and disturbing, but illuminating all the same.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Without excusing Stevie's behavior, the film makes a compelling case for how a child molester can grow from the bitter seeds of neglect and abuse.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By C.W. Nevius
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.
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72 out of 100
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