Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic 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. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    It's hard to recall the last movie that has left such an emotionally searing question dangling in the mind: "What if ... ?"
  3. 90
    Neither condemning nor forgiving, the film is a model of documentary evenhandedness, even though James makes no claims of objectivity.
  4. The tragic tale that emerges is full of powerful lessons and impenetrable mysteries
  5. 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.
  6. So troubling and unflinchingly honest that watching it becomes a test of empathy and compassion.
  7. Grueling but ultimately rewarding new documentary.

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