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The Stone Angel Reviews

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July 23, 2009
Too much story, too little time
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Brunette
Screen International
October 18, 2008
A perfectly respectable, solidly-made film which, beyond the expert performance by the always reliable Ellen Burstyn, has unfortunately little to recommend it.
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
October 18, 2008
A tastefully reverent, fundamentally sincere treatment of Margaret Laurence's 1964 Manitoba-based novel, a staple for Canada's 12th graders.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
July 25, 2008
Left me feeling respectfully indifferent, as if I'd been served a nutritious meal that was only fleetingly satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
July 24, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
July 12, 2008
Far less would have been much more, though the geriatric protagonist's salty sexual wit and impulse to share a joint with a passing stranger, spice up the often dreary chronological procession of family episodes.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 11, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 11, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
July 11, 2008
Although talented newcomer Christine Horne is ideal as the younger Hagar, letting Burstyn play the character at around 50, despite best-effort lighting, was not the wisest choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Evan Henerson
Los Angeles Daily News
July 11, 2008
Old lady on the road takes a memory trip, giving Burstyn a chance to shine.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 11, 2008
It's not a great movie, but Burstyn fans shouldn't miss her subtle performance.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
July 11, 2008
Overacted, underwritten, and with flashback cues so lazy the characters may as well just say, "I remember when...," the film feels like The Notebook II.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 11, 2008
A film of tightly assembled bits and pieces that don't fit comfortably together despite clever dashes of magical realism connecting past and present.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
July 10, 2008
Events pass by in a muddled rush as the intimate character study of the page gives way to a hollowed-out on screen portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
July 10, 2008
A stubbornly affecting drama that's strongest in its quieter moments.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
July 8, 2008
Ellen Burstyn deserves another Oscar nomination for this compelling drama.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 14, 2008
...there's certainly no overlooking the palpable emotional punch of the movie's final scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
May 9, 2008
These elemental forces fuel a compelling narrative, but the second half of the movie starts to drift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies
May 9, 2008
Ultimately, though, the story is defined by searing turns from the enjoyably crotchety Burstyn and Horne, who shepherds Hagar from prideful wild child to soul-sapped middle-aged mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 9, 2008
There is a reverence for the idea of Laurence's book but ultimately, in spite of its spiced-up sex scenes, it's much tamer and more conventional.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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