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Steal This Movie! is a dramatic account of the tumultuous life and times of Abbie Hoffman, one of the most visible and influential figures of America's 1960s counter-culture. (Its title was inspired by Hoffman's irreverent "survival guide," Steal This Book.) Hoffman's founding of the Youth International Party (better known as the "Yippies") and inventive acts of street theater -- including an "exorcism" of the Pentagon and the riotous protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago -- made him a household name and a star of the anti-war movement.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Vincent D'Onofrio does capture Hoffman's charisma and nuttiness -- and he's the only reason to resist the temptation to skip this exasperating movie."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"D'Onofrio's blunderbuss performance obliterates whatever wit and charm Hoffman had."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Abbie Hoffman biopic is unsatisfying."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"While you may be inspired to get off your lazy ass and change the world, you'll still be left wondering who the real Abbie Hoffman was."
‑ , E! Online
"What's missing is any sense of who Abbie Hoffman actually was."
‑ Pam Grady,
"There might have been a better, more involving method of telling Hoffman's story, but it is expressed with a firm sense of commitment to accuracy and authenticity."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Information enters the screen from too many directions ...This is distracting at first, but the movie smooths out and finds its rhythm, and the closing passages are quite moving."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Very entertaining film based on a true story. Well worth stealing!"
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Seems to be caught between preaching to the converted and reinventing a complex real-life individual without fully exploring that person's humor, complexity and contradictions."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
"It's worth seeing just for D'Onofrio's performance, but wait 'till it comes out on cable or video."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"For those who regarded Hoffman as the Bugs Bunny of radicalized Amerika, he wasn't the person played by Vincent D'Onofrio in Steal This Movie, good intentions notwithstanding."
‑ Henry Cabot Beck,
"Likable but muddled."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"An uneven but fairly satisfying survey of Abbie's later life."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The film implies that it's up to something appetizing, but the prevailing vibe is flimsy speechifying."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner
"In his attempt to capture Abbie, D'Onofrio ends up with an accent that not only doesn't sound like the way Abbie spoke, but in fact doesn't sound like the way anybody ever spoke."
‑ Andy Klein, New Times
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