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Stone (2010)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 95
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 47

Stone boasts a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, and Milla Jovovich, and it features strong dialogue, but it's ultimately undone by its heavy-handed symbolism and overabundant plot twists.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 11

Stone boasts a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, and Milla Jovovich, and it features strong dialogue, but it's ultimately undone by its heavy-handed symbolism and overabundant plot twists.



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As parole officer Jack Mabry counts the days toward a quiet retirement, he is asked to review the case of Gerald "Stone" Creeson, in prison for covering up the murder of his grandparents with a fire. Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man's decision have profound and unexpected effects on them both.


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Angus MacLachlan

Jan 18, 2011


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All Critics (95) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (47) | DVD (5)

A disconcerting and challenging film. It leaves you wondering. How cool is that?

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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You can feel the movie's gears grinding throughout, first in the rote suspense mechanics and later in the ham-fisted religiosity (conveyed through an endless soundtrack of evangelistic talk radio).

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Stone is that rare film that refuses to be easy.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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As in every good dialogue-driven film, talk equals action. The excitement here is sparked by the verbal and gestural give-and-take between the actors.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An ambiguous film boasting a quartet of mesmerizing performances...

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The craftsmanship is impeccable as is the acting, but the storytelling is where the movie falls down. And with such a poorly realized narrative, it's hard to be enthusiastic about the many things Stone does right.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comment (1)
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Stone is a flawed film, largely because Lucetta is a B-movie seductress preying on believable human beings with backgrounds and complicated hearts.

June 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Image

A prisoner and parole officer grapple with sins and the need for redemption in this subtle drama of parallel lives.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's got something to say. What that something is, though -- besides a four character study in spiritual decay -- is sort of up to you.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

Stone is an unusual film which shifts uneasily between sleaze and philosophy, but it's distinguished at all times by three luminous performances.

March 28, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Great performances from the cast in this engrossing drama.

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Stone ultimately feels more confounding rather than profound, (but) it will have you thinking after its credits have rolled.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

An engrossing drama about the difficulty people have believing in forgiveness or in turning one's life around.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Dark and disturbing, this drama holds our interest due to the strong acting and provocative issues swirling around in the story. But it's a little heavy-handed in its desire to convey something important.

December 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

This film has the kind of suspense where you know something bad is going to happen, but instead of just getting it over with, the film drags it out way too long.

December 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Seems as weary as the Detroit parole caseworker Robert De Niro plays.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

When did Robert De Niro stop trying? When did he start coasting on his well-deserved reputation, either mocking it in crass comedies or sleepwalking through dramas where fans filled in the missing emotions for him?

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Comments (6)
Charlotte Observer

Set up as a familiar noir plot, the film veers off into unexpected places, keeping the audience guessing as to the main characters' motivations well after the credits roll.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Like a celluloid 'American Gothic,''Stone' does not paint a pretty picture.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

There's an obvious difference between elegant underplaying and merely going through the motions, and while, say, Michael Caine still excels at the former, De Niro has sadly become a master of the latter.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Stone is a movie about fragile souls. About how fragile we all are.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

With its excess of blatant symbolism and illogical character turns, what could have been a halfway decent exploration of personal ethics turns into a half-assed excuse for entertainment.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Watching these three actors burrow like ticks into the underbelly of John Curran's murky moral drama should be enough of a reason to recommend Stone, and it almost is.

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source:

A 'serious' intent and an ill-fitting hilljack argot reduce Stone to a pebble of a fil

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

If only one character in Stone reacted as someone in his position would to the preposterous situation at hand, the movie would be 15 minutes long.

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times | Comment (1)
Tampa Bay Times

Superbly crafted, smartly acted, suspense-filled noir thriller about compromised ethics.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Audience Reviews for Stone

This has to be one of the more, I think, underrated films of the past couple of years.

The film is a prison drama centered around a parole officer nearing retirement who gets locked into a psychological duel with a convicted arsonist and the man's alluring wife-both of whom will do what it takes to convince the officer to help make early release possible.

The film is all about control, manipulation, psychological games, and the motifs of religious belief, guilt, and temptation. Much of it is quite well done, but the rest is a little iffy, and could have been handled better, particularly how the narrative is executed.

I do like the performances though, because those are definitely the highlight. Robert De Niro and Edward Norton reteam for the first time since The Score, and they are very impressive to watch, mostly because they are both acting somewhat against type. The really impressive person here though, is Milla Jovovich. She gives a very compelling and convincing performance without ever getting to over the top. It's a real treat to see her in action.

Give this one a chance. It's flawed, but decent and compelling enough to warrant a viewing.
December 7, 2012
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Yet again Norton out-acts De Niro in a film where the acting is more superior than the story line. It does have it's moments, but also toward the end, it does drag and there is hope for excitement which does not deliver, it's a straight forward story with no hidden surprises, but enjoyable performances.
June 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

A film that just didn't go anywhere or do anything for me. Sad to see Robert De Niro star in such a terrible film. Glad I didn't pay movie ticket prices. Left a lot to be desired. 2 1/2 stars.
November 2, 2011
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

It was a good movie. The main 3 characters does a good job...And it's a little interesting...but not much. It was...I don't know...It was good but nothing more.
September 26, 2011
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

    1. Stone: They say the sound part comes first. They say, when you experience a spiritual truth, that it comes to you as a sound that goes through you, changes your vibration, gets you back in the harmony. Like God's tuning fork or something... And then, if you let that happen to you, then you get the light, you get an illumination.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Stone: Things they say go on forever - like... what's that mean, you know? The sky, like, they say the sky goes on forever. But what is that really? That's - I mean, you can't see nothing you can't see, so... it's like a big bowl of blue above you. You can see clouds during the day or you can see stars at night maybe, but even with a telescope you can't see forever. So how do they know?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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