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In the early '80s, Steve James was a student at Southern Illinois University who volunteered for the local Big Brother program and served as a mentor for Stephen Dale Fielding (Stevie for short), a troubled 11-year-old boy with unhappy family relationships. Given up by his mother when her husband decided he didn't want him in the house, Stevie was primarily raised by his step-grandmother and had already begun to reveal a stubborn and easily distracted personality when he met James. After he graduated from college, James lost contact with Fielding, but in 1995, after James had gone on… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stevie is a tough movie to watch and an even tougher one to leave, because once you're involved you're implicated."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A haunting documentary/ personal essay that provokes violently mixed feelings toward both subject and filmmaker."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"emotionally drains while steadfastly refusing to provide easy solutions"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A touching and unique documentary, Stevie brings the filmmaker and his subject closer together than most films."
‑ Derek Smith, Apollo Guide
"An engrossing but not always pleasing cinema verité documentary."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A spectacle of suffering and liberal guilt."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Filmmaker James -- whose wife is a social worker -- should be applauded for his courage and commitment."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"... a potent reminder that grace, healing, and resolution are possible for the most broken of families."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Steve James, as he did in "Hoop Dreams," gets amazing access to this entire extended family and friends to create a very moving film."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"If a two-and-half hour long documentary about a redneck child molester doesn't seem particularly appealing, you'd be pleasantly surprised . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Movie Gurus
"A powerful chronicle of a human life."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Some viewers will feel moved to tears of compassion, and others will point to Stevie Fielding as an argument for more barbed wire on the prison walls. But there's no denying this is an important film."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This is a groundbreaking and important film, and I think its impact will be lost in the shuffle."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Steve (Hoop Dreams) James's deep and singular commitment to his subject shines through in this compelling documentary."
‑ David N. Butterworth, Movie Boeuf
"It stumbles at points because of an overlong running time, but it speaks volumes"
‑ Josh Gilchrist,
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