Steal Me
Steal Me (2005)

A family goes through some changes when an unusual sort of drifter crosses their path in this independent coming-of-age drama. Jake (Danny Alexander) is a homeless 15-year-old kid with a fondness for stealing things and a precocious… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 10, 2005
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Steal Me is a beautifully realized small film of understated power.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Drifter comes to small town, gets all the ladies hot. But it's not the steamy, literate Picnic, starring William Holden - instead it's the pretentious Steal Me, an artily photographed, puzzlingly acted indie.

Harry Haun
Film Journal International

[Painter's] best achievement is the way she skillfully manipulates her almost-known cast into complicated characters that you can care about.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

It's not really original stuff, and there are few genuine surprises, but Painter skillfully layers visual details and off-the-cuff dialogue into a smart, condescension-free piece on small towns and the complicated lives they contain.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Solid performances can't save Melissa Painter's pretentious teen drama Steal Me, which plays like a cross between Dangerous Skin (without the gay sex) and Picnic (without the production values or credible situations).

Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

The often meandering Steal Me is a film that says just enough and leaves the rest to us to work out.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Everything about Steal Me, the new feature from the writer and director Melissa Painter, feels dangerously overripe.

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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice

Steal Me has at least one indie-film cliché too many.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

If Alexander's performance isn't exactly a revelation, he's modest enough to allow pros like Seymour, a gifted actress usually relegated to supporting roles, do their thing.

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