• 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
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
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
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
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
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
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Whatever its dramatic flaws, and they are many, this is a movie that, in essence, is more than a movie.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

July 24, 2009
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

Many films have shown more explicit (and often gratuitous) violence, but the impact is greater in this film as it is intensely personal ...

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 7/10

July 19, 2009
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

At its best, The Stoning of Soraya M is a snapshot of how evil can spread among the utterly normal, the well-intentioned and the (at least to them) righteous.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 17, 2009
Greg Quill
Toronto Star
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Despite some wonderful performances, the plot plods inexorably and with sickening predictability towards the inevitable conclusion, but nothing can prepare us for the actual event, which Nowrasteh films in real time and in shocking detail.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

July 17, 2009
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

The magnificent performance by Aghdashloo is worth the price of admission.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3/4

July 16, 2009
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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The spoiler is in the title of The Stoning of Soraya M., a powerful, relentlessly brutal drama about Iranian capital punishment.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 16, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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This broadside against sharia law lacks the finesse of an import, but it's effectively melodramatic, particularly because of the strong performance of Iranian-born actress Shoreh Aghdashloo

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 16, 2009
Mark Jenkins
NPR.org
July 16, 2009
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