The Stone Angel

2007, Drama, 1h 55m

25 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Despite fine performances from Ellen Burstyn and newcomer Christine Horne, The Stone Angel fails to escape formulaic melodrama territory. Read critic reviews

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Hagar (Ellen Burstyn) may be 90 years old, but that doesn't mean she's ready to move into a retirement home as her son, Marvin (Dylan Baker), and his wife want her to do. Determined to keep her freedom, Hagar sets out to find her childhood home, which is now falling apart. Hiding from her family, she begins to confuse the present with the past. She recalls her doomed marriage to a poor farmer, which caused her wealthy father to disinherit her -- and reflects on a secret she's never shared.

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Critic Reviews for The Stone Angel

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (14)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • A tastefully reverent, fundamentally sincere treatment of Margaret Laurence's 1964 Manitoba-based novel, a staple for Canada's 12th graders.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Left me feeling respectfully indifferent, as if I'd been served a nutritious meal that was only fleetingly satisfying.

    July 25, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The only way to enjoy Kari Skogland's epic portrait of a miserable 90-year- woman named Hagar (Ellen Burstyn) is to reframe it as Scary Movie for weepies.

    July 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite a terrific lead performance by Ellen Burstyn, Kari Skogland's epic The Stone Angel is a lesson in the perils of trying to cram a hefty Canadian novel that spans decades into a movie running just under two hours.

    July 11, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Kari Skogland adapts a beloved Canadian novel gracefully and with plenty of spunk, the same way its main character moves through the world from cradle to grave.

    July 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Stone Angel

  • 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."
  • 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.
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  • May 04, 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.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 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.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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