Stevie (2003) A difficult-to-watch but moving film that's as much about the liberal guilt of filmmaker Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") as it is about its subject, Stevie…
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Stevie (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 09, 2003; DVD Release Date: Sep 09, 2003; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Documentary; With: Steve James; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

A difficult-to-watch but moving film that's as much about the liberal guilt of filmmaker Steve James (''Hoop Dreams'') as it is about its subject, Stevie is a compassionate exploration of hopelessness. Stevie, a troubled kid James once mentored, is, more than 10 years later, a deep-in-trouble grown man: He's survived mind-boggling dysfunction only to perpetrate abuse on a child in his care. Unable to remain the neutral observer, James reinvolves himself with the bent-on-destruction Stevie, and the doc becomes a sadly fascinating view of the burdens of advantage colliding with the mire of disadvantage. EXTRAS James and crew's commentary is a virtual Documentary Filmmaking 101, with notes on everything from the ethics of butting in to handling background noise.

Originally posted Sep 26, 2003 Published in issue #730 Sep 26, 2003 Order article reprints