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In 1995, Director Steve James (Hoop Dream) returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy he had been an Advocate Big Brother to ten years earlier. He began a film to discover the forces that had shaped Stevie's entire life. Part way through the filming, Stevie is arrested and charged with a serious crime that tears his family apart. What was to be a modest profile turns into an intimate four and a half year chronicle of Stevie, his broken family, the criminal justice system and the filmmaker himself, as they all struggle with what Stevie has done and who he has become.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 75
- Fresh: 68
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Of course, James is exploiting Stevie, but the peculiar power of this film lies in James' indirect acknowledgment of it and his hope that his film has some point and value.
Fresh: Stevie is a fascinating, irritating movie, with a portrait of a hopelessly troubled young man at its center.
Fresh: A powerful chronicle of a human life.
Fresh: The road of Stevie is a rough ride, and at 145 minutes, it's a long one. But in an age of so-called reality shows that are no more than hyped entertainment, it is a rewarding if distressing look at flawed but genuine human beings.