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Based on 23 Reviews
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  • 25
    C.W. Nevius San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

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

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Stevie is compelling, real-life drama: bleak and disturbing, but illuminating all the same. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    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. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    So troubling and unflinchingly honest that watching it becomes a test of empathy and compassion. show more

  • 75
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Overly long and uncomfortably intrusive, but never less than compelling. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A painful documentary film, partly because of its subject, partly because of the troubling questions raised by the filmmaker's approach. show more

  • 80
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The roots of Steve James's disturbing documentary lie in youthful idealism. show more

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