The Stone Angel - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Stone Angel Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Eddie Cockrell
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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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