The Stoning of Soraya M. Reviews

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Tiru Thiruvilangam
Little White Lies
October 21, 2010
This is The Wicker Man but with scary English country folks replaced with the supposed Axis of Evil.
| Original Score: 1/5
Wenlei Ma
Empire Magazine Australasia
May 24, 2010
Preachy outrage and clunky execution deplete a vital decrying of misogyny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 20, 2009
A laughably manipulative melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 26, 2009
The more dramatic the material, the more restrained the approach ought to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
A strange and repugnant piece of work, half hot-button political propaganda and half sadomasochistic Outrage Porn.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 27, 2009
[It] has strong performances and courageously exposes the horrifying, inhumane Islamic practice of stoning adulterers, but it suffers from poor character development and a contrived script that lacks subtlety, authenticity and emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.9/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 26, 2009
Soraya's story seems like it could he a fine film, but this isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 22, 2009
The Stoning of Soraya M. functions as a message-movie slasher film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 20, 2009
...there is something condescending and judgmental in the filmmaker's subtext that seems to exonerate Western culture as somehow less complicit in the atrocious murders that it commits against innocent and guilty citizens alike.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
June 25, 2009
An exploitative propaganda piece that seems to exist for only one queasy reason--to allow Western audiences to witness the sight of a woman being brutally stoned to death in a sequence staged with all the sadistic delectation of a slasher movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 25, 2009
Anyone who thought "The Passion of the Christ," with which this film shares producer Stephen McEveety and star Caviezel, was its own form of torture porn, be forewarned.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
July 16, 2009
It's disappointing that such a serious issue and a passionate cry of outrage is cloaked in such a manipulative melodrama.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 25, 2009
This is less a movie than a blunt instrument, a bit of political parable, a bit more outrage, and nary a scrap of real drama or finesse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 26, 2009
The Stoning of Soraya M. thoroughly blurs the line between high-minded outrage and lurid torture-porn.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
Washington Post
June 26, 2009
Iranian American director Cyrus Nowrasteh has amplified the basic elements of Suraya's story into the worst kind of exploitive Hollywood melodrama, presented under the virtuous guise of moral outrage.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 26, 2009
The film comes perilously close to reveling in the horror while revealing it. And dramatically, this is distressingly simple-minded fare: ugliness leads to ugliness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Keith Uhlich
Time Out Chicago
September 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Jenkins
NPR.org
July 16, 2009
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