• R, 1 hr. 54 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Cyrus Nowrasteh
    In Theaters:
    Jun 26, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 9, 2010
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The Stoning of Soraya M. Reviews

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Take even a cursory look around the planet: unjust, senseless death is not going away anytime soon...

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 25, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A strange and repugnant piece of work, half hot-button political propaganda and half sadomasochistic Outrage Porn.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 26, 2011
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Though it is perfectly watchable, it latches onto the more simplistic domestic aspect of the story at the expense of exploring the more difficult and complex political issues that enable this sort of killing to come about in the first place.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3/5

October 22, 2010
Tom Dawson
Total Film

Nowrasteh's approach is hardly subtle, favouring didactic dialogue and overblown scoring. That said, a 20-minute stoning sequence possesses the shocking brutality of The Passion Of The Christ

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

October 21, 2010
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

[A] well-intentioned, but laboured and woodenly acted film, based on a true story.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

October 21, 2010
Tiru Thiruvilangam
Little White Lies

This is The Wicker Man but with scary English country folks replaced with the supposed Axis of Evil.

| Original Score: 1/5

October 21, 2010
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

This harrowing film spares no physical or emotional detail.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 5/5

October 13, 2010
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

With the melancholy cry of a sad cello, the film opens with a golden sun rising over the hills of a remote Iran landscape...It's a devastating story, powerfully told

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 29, 2010
Lynden Barber
sbs.com.au

The long, shockingly barbaric stoning sequence near the film's climax is indeed grueling, and the film's depiction of the events leading up to it paint a horrifying picture of the powerlessness of women in rural Iran in this period.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 4/5

May 27, 2010
Beth Wilson
Trespass

This film is by no means a cinematic masterpiece, but Aghdashloo's strong performance holds the film together.

Full Review Source: Trespass

May 27, 2010
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)

The Stoning Of Soraya M. hits you in the gut. It's a phenomenal piece of cinema, but there are many who will read about it and think, "I don't need to go there."

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

May 25, 2010
Wenlei Ma
Empire Magazine Australasia

Preachy outrage and clunky execution deplete a vital decrying of misogyny.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 2/5

May 24, 2010
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground

A film that may become a little preachy but nonetheless asserts itself as an important document for the world's attention.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground

May 23, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Undermined by a weak, phony-feeling ending, Cyrus Nowrasteh's film is nevertheless a pitiless study of moral cowardice.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 87/100

March 13, 2010

This film is eye-opening and heart-draining and it is excellently produced.This is a very good film, but it is hard for me to chirp "check it out" because it will stick with you, twisting in your stomach and making your life's petty annoyances feel less t

Full Review Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 4/5

December 15, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Does not make for good drama or entertainment, but it eerily elicits a strange power that says a lot about human rights violations throughout the world.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

December 14, 2009
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Anchored by a terrific performance by Shohreh Aghdashloo, The Stoning of Soraya M explores the disturbing lives of women in the more radical regions of the Middle East.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 12, 2009
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This movie is well acted, directed, edited and filmed, however, it is also depressing, uninspiring and sickening. Like a glacier, it moves slowly and inexorably towards its final conclusion.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C

December 3, 2009
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

The story is simple and compelling and the title leaves no doubt where the story is going. This is a powerful film for those willing to see its extreme violence.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

October 20, 2009
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The film does have a certain crude power. But that's part of the problem with it: It's too crude.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3/5

September 2, 2009
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