Stone of Destiny Reviews

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Cath Clarke
Guardian
December 19, 2008
Writer/director Charles Martin Smith is American, which wouldn't matter if this didn't feel so much like a wee-dram-and-bagpipes invitation to a mythical Scotland of yesteryear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
December 19, 2008
Those whose national football and cricket teams are led by an Italian and a South African respectively have little room to talk, but surely Scotland has enough homegrown filmmaking talent to stick it to we sassenachs without relying on the Yanks?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Victor Olliver
Teletext
December 11, 2008
Scottish nationalists are not likely to be wowed by this tiresome retelling of the "theft" of the Stone of Destiny (or Scone) from Westminster Abbey in 1950.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
October 18, 2008
This unabashedly sentimental and outright anti-English pic is stodgy as a cheap haggis with nationalistic sentimentality.
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 19, 2008
This modest Scottish caper film is based on real events but it is all a bit too limp to really engage, despite impressive performances from Cox and Mara.
Neil Smith
Film4
December 19, 2008
A woeful slice of sentimental whimsy that makes Braveheart look like a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Total Film
December 19, 2008
It's hard to conceive a more clichéd depiction of Scotland than the one Charles Martin Smith fashions in this corny Celtic caper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Screen International
October 18, 2008
An old-fashioned, unashamed heartwarmer more likely to prove a crowd- pleaser than a critical favourite.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 20, 2009
Writer/director Charles Martin Smith brings energy and wit to this British-Canadian co-production.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
December 19, 2008
Written and directed by an American, the film nevertheless feels closer to the 'British' spirit of the old Ealing comedies, something emphasised by its old-fashioned ambience and its charming evocation of the period.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 19, 2008
Based on a true story, this rousing caper adventure can't help but keep audiences engaged. It's an efficiently made, if not particularly inventive, old-style romp that works away at your cynicism until you find a lump in your throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 1, 2009
...unapologetically old-fashioned...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
October 18, 2008
Smith, who also wrote the screenplay, is all brisk efficiency over the course of the movie's fat-free 96 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)
December 19, 2008
As a film, it's a touch too Hollywood, and full of too much patriotic Braveheart guff, but, on the whole, the American director and writer, Charles Martin Smith, has created an amiable and watchable heist movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
February 20, 2009
Braveheart it isn't, but it is fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

National Post
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Globe and Mail
February 20, 2009
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