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The Stone Angel Reviews

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October 18, 2008
A tastefully reverent, fundamentally sincere treatment of Margaret Laurence's 1964 Manitoba-based novel, a staple for Canada's 12th graders.
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
July 11, 2008
Old lady on the road takes a memory trip, giving Burstyn a chance to shine.
July 11, 2008
It's not a great movie, but Burstyn fans shouldn't miss her subtle performance.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 10, 2008
A stubbornly affecting drama that's strongest in its quieter moments.
July 8, 2008
Ellen Burstyn deserves another Oscar nomination for this compelling drama.
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
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
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
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 23, 2009
Too much story, too little time
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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