• 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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LWOODS04
LWOODS04

Super Reviewer

May 30, 2010
CAST: Ellen Burstyn, Christine Horne, Cole Hauser, Dylan Baker, Ellen Page, Kevin Zegers

DIRECTED BY: Kari Skogland

SUMMARY: Rather than succumbing to life in a nursing home, feisty Hagar Shipley (Ellen Burstyn) goes on the run. As she struggles to keep her mind clear, Hagar relives passionate moments from early in her life and reflects on the many difficult experiences she's faced.

MY THOUGHTS: " This movie was sad, touching, and brillantly acted by all the characters. It's a storytelling movie and it really puts you in that place at that moment. The story goes back and forth from the present to the past. At the cottage house, she reminisces in flashbacks about all the relationships, loves, and experiences she's had in her long life. This movie is mainly about life and its about the ups-and-downs that we face, but overall, we conquer. Just a great film. Ellen Burstyn and Christine Home are the stars in this movie and out shine everyone else. But I believe their meant too. I guess the only disappointment in watching this movie is how small the roles Ellen Page and Kevin Zegers have in the film. But when they were on screen they were great. It's a good movie that might even draw a few tears from you. Its well worth the watch."
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

July 31, 2009
In "The Stone Angel," Hagar(Ellen Burstyn) is being pressured by her son Marvin(Dylan Baker) and daughter-in-law Doris(Sheila McCarthy) to move into a nursing home, to which she is fiercely resisting. At the same time, she senses the futility of her fight as she feels her body and mind beginning to betray her. So, Hagar sneaks out of the house and travels back to her old hometown before it is too late.

As a young woman(Christine Horne), Hagar wants to be a teacher but her wealthy father(Peter MacNeill) keeps her in town in a creepy arrangement to do the accounting and controls who she can see. That only works when he is at home and Hagar attends a dance while he is on the road, meeting the roguish Bram(Cole Hauser).

Despite a nice example of stunt casting and an excellent performance from Ellen Burstyn, "The Stone Angel" has more than a hint of "A Trip to Bountiful" but with a sluggish pace, going on far too long with a cliched revelation in a vain attempt to neatly fit together all of the pieces of Hagar's past. Even then, one fairly big question remains. And it is hard to reconcile the repressed middle-aged Hagar with the profane old Hagar. The movie should have been more focused on Hagar's present and issues surrounding senior citizens while giving a more fractured view of her past which would better simulate the fading state of her mind. In recalling the past, Hagar has a way of staying on the negative side of the equation. The lack of nostalgia is refreshing, separating romance from relationships. Since marriage is hard, it is best to be very, very sure of what you are doing.
Mark A

Super Reviewer

March 5, 2009
A powerful performance by Ellen Burstyn as a woman (Hagar) at the end of her life, remembering the events that shaped it. Christine Horn plays the younger Hagar and one sees the elder in the younger woman. Great casting call. A story about love, and lust, and choices, and family pride, and hard-headedness. Ellen Page is only seen briefly, but she has an undeniable on-screen presence. The story itself is intense, but there are several lighter moments that keep it from imploding. Hard to feel sympathy for Hagar, as her life was defined by her choices, but she does not ask for sympathy. Respect is enough for Hagar, and that she has earned from this viewer.
Dannielle A

Super Reviewer

February 4, 2009
REALLY good acting and decent script. I lasted until the end out of curiousity but the story was kind of thrown together and I didn't really understand the purpose. WARNING SPOILER: I guess the message was that despite her troubled past and everyone in her life that died, Hagar found peace with God on her death bed. I wish it explained more WHY she found peace...
meril l

Super Reviewer

October 3, 2008
*yawn*
m h

Super Reviewer

May 21, 2010
It was just simply ok for me. Some sad and touching moments, but overall very boring. It was a good cast, and good acting, but I felt like the whole film just fell flat. It's such an average movie, that I don't even really have anything else to add to this review.
Adam M

Super Reviewer

May 4, 2010
When you see the poster for this drama adaptation and read what its about, you will be mislead into believing the brilliant Ellen Page plays a much bigger role in this, probably the younger version of the main character, played by Ellen Burstyn but no, Christine Horne does that and shes not even on the cover/poster! When you get past that evil betrayal, its not a bad old fashioned drama thing and christine Horne does put in a good performance and we do eventually see Ellen Page, in a small role as the main characters sons' girlfriend. Although not really my thing, its a bit boring, this is a pretty good little story with decent performances.
jjb3332003
March 29, 2009
What could've been a decent story a la "The Trip to Bountiful", "Away from Her," or "The Straight Story" is instead marred by weak directing and rambling writing. Cole Hauser has great presence though.
gms1yygy
February 23, 2009
It seems to be normal for "older folks" to spend some time recalling the past, particularly their past. If it's done with honesty and compassion, it can be a very good exercize. Ellen Burstyn is great in this movie. It is a bit tricky identifying the two Ellens, two husbands, two sons (five actors), but it's an unusally fine movie.
December 1, 2012
Although Ellen Burstyn does her usual great job in acting this role, the script is reminiscent of The Trip to Bountiful, but with an even more depressing script.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

July 31, 2009
In "The Stone Angel," Hagar(Ellen Burstyn) is being pressured by her son Marvin(Dylan Baker) and daughter-in-law Doris(Sheila McCarthy) to move into a nursing home, to which she is fiercely resisting. At the same time, she senses the futility of her fight as she feels her body and mind beginning to betray her. So, Hagar sneaks out of the house and travels back to her old hometown before it is too late.

As a young woman(Christine Horne), Hagar wants to be a teacher but her wealthy father(Peter MacNeill) keeps her in town in a creepy arrangement to do the accounting and controls who she can see. That only works when he is at home and Hagar attends a dance while he is on the road, meeting the roguish Bram(Cole Hauser).

Despite a nice example of stunt casting and an excellent performance from Ellen Burstyn, "The Stone Angel" has more than a hint of "A Trip to Bountiful" but with a sluggish pace, going on far too long with a cliched revelation in a vain attempt to neatly fit together all of the pieces of Hagar's past. Even then, one fairly big question remains. And it is hard to reconcile the repressed middle-aged Hagar with the profane old Hagar. The movie should have been more focused on Hagar's present and issues surrounding senior citizens while giving a more fractured view of her past which would better simulate the fading state of her mind. In recalling the past, Hagar has a way of staying on the negative side of the equation. The lack of nostalgia is refreshing, separating romance from relationships. Since marriage is hard, it is best to be very, very sure of what you are doing.
Abourget
November 10, 2008
[font=Arial Narrow]A bit too familiar...Though, this film had great acting all around and a heartwarming plot.[/font]
Zeppo1
October 22, 2008
:rotten: :rotten: [b][color=yellowgreen]1/2[/color][/b] (out of four)

[color=deepskyblue]It's always wonderful to watch Ellen Burtsyn. She is one of the great actresses to grace the silver screen. But The Stone Angel falters due to a script that never fleshes out the characters enough. The tough subject isn't heavy handed, but it does lack a depth that would have made the film worthwhile.[/color]
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[color=#00bfff]Burtsyn plays an older woman who's health is failing and her son and his wife decide to place her in a nursing home. We have the stereo-typical wife who becomes less of a person and more the expected villain.[/color]
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[color=#00bfff]Most the film deals with flashbacks. It's nice that they didn't make this overly nostalgic, but it still lacks a clear vision. A few nice moments cannot quite save the picture.[/color]
jazza923
October 16, 2008
Beautifully acted by Ellen Burstyn, who always adds something to every movie she is in. It is depressing, but well handled. A touching story.
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