• R, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Kari Skogland
    In Theaters:
    Sep 12, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 21, 2008
  • Vivendi Entertainment


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The Stone Angel Reviews

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Eddie Cockrell
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A tastefully reverent, fundamentally sincere treatment of Margaret Laurence's 1964 Manitoba-based novel, a staple for Canada's 12th graders.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Writer-director Kari Skogland adapts a beloved Canadian novel gracefully and with plenty of spunk, the same way its main character moves through the world from cradle to grave.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

July 11, 2008
Evan Henerson
Los Angeles Daily News

Old lady on the road takes a memory trip, giving Burstyn a chance to shine.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News

July 11, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's not a great movie, but Burstyn fans shouldn't miss her subtle performance.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2008
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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A stubbornly affecting drama that's strongest in its quieter moments.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 10, 2008
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
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Ellen Burstyn deserves another Oscar nomination for this compelling drama.

July 8, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...there's certainly no overlooking the palpable emotional punch of the movie's final scenes.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 14, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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These elemental forces fuel a compelling narrative, but the second half of the movie starts to drift.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 9, 2008
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies

Ultimately, though, the story is defined by searing turns from the enjoyably crotchety Burstyn and Horne, who shepherds Hagar from prideful wild child to soul-sapped middle-aged mother.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 9, 2008
David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011

Too much story, too little time

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 3/5

July 23, 2009

National Post

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2008
Peter Brunette
Screen International

A perfectly respectable, solidly-made film which, beyond the expert performance by the always reliable Ellen Burstyn, has unfortunately little to recommend it.

Full Review Source: Screen International

October 18, 2008
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Left me feeling respectfully indifferent, as if I'd been served a nutritious meal that was only fleetingly satisfying.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 25, 2008
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

The only way to enjoy Kari Skogland's epic portrait of a miserable 90-year- woman named Hagar (Ellen Burstyn) is to reframe it as Scary Movie for weepies.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

July 24, 2008
Prairie Miller

Far less would have been much more, though the geriatric protagonist's salty sexual wit and impulse to share a joint with a passing stranger, spice up the often dreary chronological procession of family episodes.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

July 12, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Despite a terrific lead performance by Ellen Burstyn, Kari Skogland's epic The Stone Angel is a lesson in the perils of trying to cram a hefty Canadian novel that spans decades into a movie running just under two hours.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 11, 2008
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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Although talented newcomer Christine Horne is ideal as the younger Hagar, letting Burstyn play the character at around 50, despite best-effort lighting, was not the wisest choice.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 11, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

Overacted, underwritten, and with flashback cues so lazy the characters may as well just say, "I remember when...," the film feels like The Notebook II.

Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen

July 11, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A film of tightly assembled bits and pieces that don't fit comfortably together despite clever dashes of magical realism connecting past and present.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

July 11, 2008
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