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Stevie

PG 1978 1h 42m Drama List
60% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 70% Audience Score 50+ Ratings For a poet with a gift for crafting words into barbs, Stevie Smith (Glenda Jackson) lives a relatively conventional life. Sheltered in a London suburb, she spends her days engaged in tedious housework, crafting verse and conversing with her aunt (Mona Washbourne). But while her body may be committed to drudgery, Stevie's mind is constantly trying to break free, which causes her to rail against religion and middle-class values, and prevents her from finding happiness with a man interested in her. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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Linda Deutsch Associated Press Stevie is a rare, exquisite little movie which grows in stature as it lingers in memory. Mar 2, 2019 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Stevie captures this laconic despair, but it also does a great deal more. It gives us a very particular portrait of a woman's life. Rated: 4/4 Jun 16, 2018 Full Review Pat M. Kuras Gay Community News (Boston) The film leaves gaping holes throughout its plot and characters. Aug 30, 2022 Full Review Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope A heartbreaking documentary about a ruined life. Rated: B Aug 29, 2007 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Unfortunately, besides the flawless performances I didn't get much else from the film to make it much of a lyrical experience. Rated: C+ Jun 25, 2006 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television morbid Rated: 1/5 Aug 13, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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steve d I found the entire thing really dull. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member It's surprising that the critics gave this fine film such mixed reviews. Glenda Jackson is brilliant as the poet Stevie Smith, playing opposite Mona Washburn, as her live-in aunt. Jackson addresses the camera, a successful device. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Superb cast working smart and emotional script, makes for very fine film that has very limited appeal to simpletons. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Jackson is magnificent, but the editing is clumsy and the visuals unworthy of poet Smith's lovely verse. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Despite the flawless performances, the film lacks the lyricism it seeks in order to tell its story most successfully. Its flashbacks are clumsy and feels far too stagy to be a fully realized cinematic experience. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Not sure what is so fascinating about this mostly-monologue performance by the brilliant Glenda Jackson but I adore it. A "little" movie that's more talk than action, nevertheless, you get a peek inside of the head of the unusual English poet. I find it mesmerizing. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis For a poet with a gift for crafting words into barbs, Stevie Smith (Glenda Jackson) lives a relatively conventional life. Sheltered in a London suburb, she spends her days engaged in tedious housework, crafting verse and conversing with her aunt (Mona Washbourne). But while her body may be committed to drudgery, Stevie's mind is constantly trying to break free, which causes her to rail against religion and middle-class values, and prevents her from finding happiness with a man interested in her.
Director
Robert Enders
Producer
Robert Enders
Rating
PG
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 42m