Steal Me

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  • Summary: In Steal Me, writer/director Melissa Painter has crafted a refreshingly honest portrayal of relationships - sexual and otherwise - around a 15-year-old kleptomaniac boy, Jake (Alexander), who arrives in a small Montana town searching for his prostitute mother. (Cineville Films)
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. A beautifully realized small film of understated power.
  2. 70
    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).
  3. 60
    The film's real star is the stunning Montana landscape, beautifully captured by cinematographer Paul Ryan.
  4. 40
    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.
  5. 40
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    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.
  7. 20
    Whether it's the guitar-strum soundtrack, "lyrical" cornfield shots, or arrhythmic performances, Steal Me has at least one indie-film cliché too many.

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