Stolen Summer
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Pete (Adi Stein) is an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-'70s. Pete attends Catholic school, where as classes let out for the summer, he's admonished by a nun to follow the path of Lord, and not that of the Devil. Perhaps taking this message a bit too seriously, Pete decides it's his goal for the summer to help someone get into heaven; having been told that Catholicism is the only sure path to the kingdom of the Lord, Pete decides to convert a Jew to Catholicism in order to improve their standing in the afterlife. Hoping to find a likely… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A period story about a Catholic boy who tries to help a Jewish friend get into heaven by sending the audience straight to hell."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"Even when his technique is amateurish, Jones' belief in the material is refreshing."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The background and conditions under which this film (part of HBO's Proejct Greenlight) was produced and documented (with step-by-step accuracy, humor, and cynicism, and self-importance) overshadow by far its underwhelming artistic merits; it's a clunker"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
" affable slice-of-life tale."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Debut effort by "Project Greenlight" winner is sappy and amateurish."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Nearly all the fundamentals you take for granted in most films are mishandled here."
‑ Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News
"The performances take the movie to a higher level."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A nice film with some really great actors"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The young stars are too cute; the story and ensuing complications are too manipulative; the message is too blatant; the resolutions are too convenient."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"A sweet, engaging family story about the nature of faith and the power of youthful innocence."
‑ Marshall Fine, Journal News (Westchester, NY)
"The kids often appear to be reading the lines and are incapable of conveying any emotion."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Despite all the flaws, plot holes, and continuity screw-ups, this was an enjoyable and sweet movie with a cute story."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Not nearly as entertaining as the behind-the-scenes stories."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Jones has delivered a solidly entertaining and moving family drama."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"The behind the scenes series is more interesting than the resulting movie, but it's still worth taking a look."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
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