Stevie An intense and troubling documentary. Blobby and dim-witted, Stevie Fielding grew up abused and abandoned, emerging as a boozy, dysfunctional criminal. That's where Steve James,… Stevie An intense and troubling documentary. Blobby and dim-witted, Stevie Fielding grew up abused and abandoned, emerging as a boozy, dysfunctional criminal. That's where Steve James,… 2003-03-28 Unrated PT145M Documentary Steve James Lions Gate Films
Movie Review

STEVIE (2003)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Mar 28, 2003; Rated: Unrated; Length: 145 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; With: Steve James; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

An intense and troubling documentary. Blobby and dim-witted, Stevie Fielding grew up abused and abandoned, emerging as a boozy, dysfunctional criminal. That's where Steve James, the director of Hoop Dreams, picks him up. In the '80s, James was Stevie's Big Brother, and he has returned to make a film about him. Early on, we learn that Stevie has been arrested for molesting an 8-year-old girl, and the movie is framed as a moral drama: Can -- and should -- the system save a man whose actions are monstrous? Stevie is gripping in its intimacy, yet it leaves you with the disquieting sensation that Steve James' compassion for Stevie wasn't the reason he made the film so much as it was the excuse.

Originally posted Apr 11, 2003 Published in issue #704 Apr 11, 2003 Order article reprints
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