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  • Summary: This documentary speaks about the complex realities of growing up, family history, and how the system has - despite good intentions - failed to rescue certain kids. (Lions Gate Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. 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.
  2. 90
    Neither condemning nor forgiving, the film is a model of documentary evenhandedness, even though James makes no claims of objectivity.
  3. 88
    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.
  4. A heart-stirrer at times. More often, it's a heartbreaker.
  5. 75
    Overly long and uncomfortably intrusive, but never less than compelling.
  6. A painful documentary film, partly because of its subject, partly because of the troubling questions raised by the filmmaker's approach.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9

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