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The story is unconvincing and the acting is weak.



Total Count: 90


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Stigmata is a supernatural suspense story about good, evil, and faith. Frankie Paige (Patricia Arquette) is a hair stylist in her mid-20s who has no strong religious convictions until odd things start happening to her after she's given a rosary by her mother: she begins speaking with another person's voice; unknown and unseen forces start to attack her; and she develops stigmata, bleeding wounds that spontaneously appear on her wrists, feet, and side, as Christ was wounded at Calvary. Some people believe that a holy miracle has been visited on Frankie, though no one can say why. A Cardinal from the Vatican (Jonathan Pryce) sends a priest, Father Andrew Kiernan (Gabriel Byrne), to investigate Frankie and her condition; after getting a first-hand look, Father Andrew finds himself less concerned with whether Frankie's wounds are a legitimate miracle and more concerned with saving her life. Billy Corgan, leader of the rock group The Smashing Pumpkins, composed the score for Stigmata in collaboration with keyboardist Mike Garson.

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Patricia Arquette
as Frankie Paige
Gabriel Byrne
as Father Andrew Kiernan
Jonathan Pryce
as Cardinal Daniel Houseman
Nia Long
as Donna Chadway
Portia de Rossi
as Jennifer Kelliho
Thomas Kopache
as Father Durning
Rade Serbedzija
as Marion Petrocelli
Enrico Colantoni
as Father Dario
Dick Latessa
as Father Gianni Delmonico
Ann Cusack
as Dr. Reston
Shaun Toub
as Doctor
Tom Hodges
as ER Nurse
Lydia Hazan
as Attending Nurse
Duke Moosekian
as Dr. Eckworth
Richard Conti
as Valet Priest
Valerie Trapp
as Woman with a Baby
Maria Nunn
as Sister Angela
Mary Linda Phillips
as Sister Agnes
Frankie Thorn
as Donna's Customer
Tom Fahn
as MTA Man
Marilyn Pitzer
as Homeless Woman
Jack Donner
as Father Paulo Alameida
Liz Cruz
as Waitress
Joe Ruffo
as Guard
William Howell
as Aerialist
Devin Unruh
as Flower Boy
Vera Yell
as Jennifer's Costumer
Daniel Escalzo
as Italian Businessman
Michael P. Dearth
as Italian Businessman
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Audience Reviews for Stigmata

  • May 23, 2013
    A provocative thriller, Stigmata is a powerful and well-crafted film that takes on deep issues. When a young woman in New York City begins to experience signs of Stigmata (the wounds of Christ), a Vatican investigator is send to look into the case; but the deeper he looks, the more troubling the case becomes. Patricia Arquette and Gabriel Byrne lead the cast and give excellent performances. Additionally, the visual style is remarkably captivating and atmospheric. The score by Billy Corgan is also especially good, and enhances the dark and mystical tones of the material. Dealing with controversial spiritual and religious themes, Stigmata is a smart and thoughtful film that's intense and compelling.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2012
    Interesting concept for a horror film, Stigmata is quite underrated. Although definitely not perfect, the film manages to be good enough entertainment. The big problem with Stigmata is that it relies too much on its special effects to create its horror. Stigmata plays out like a special effects feast. I think it's a shame because the film had so much potential in being a strong horror film. This is a decent film at best with an interesting story; however director Rupert Wainwright is very strong on visuals and peppers the film with far too many effects. If the film would have used fewer effects, then maybe this would have been a much more memorable horror flick. Stigmata isn't a bad flick by any means, but there's definitely room for improvement. The high points of the film is it's a very atmospheric film, and if director Rupert Wainwright would have toned down the effects, and focused more on the dark, brooding atmosphere, then Stigmata would have been a much better film. I enjoyed the film, and I don't believe the film is as bad as what everyone has said it would be. This could have been a great film, and a hint of its brilliance is apparent, but is over done with too many effects. On the other hand, the plot is interesting and really original. If the special effects would have been toned down, and director Rupert Wainwright would have focused more on the tone and atmosphere of the film, I think Stigmata would have been a much better film. Overall this isn't a bad film, but it's not a good either. It's a decent popcorn horror flick from a director who clearly goes for visuals rather than substance.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2011
    A very good thriller with fast pacing and an interesting story.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2011
    Plot is confusing, acting is alright, but not really likable
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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