Critics Consensus

Stone boasts a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, and Milla Jovovich, and it features strong dialogue, but it's ultimately undone by its heavy-handed symbolism and overabundant plot twists.



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As parole officer Jack Mabry counts the days toward a quiet retirement, he is asked to review the case of Gerald "Stone" Creeson, in prison for covering up the murder of his grandparents with a fire. Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man's decision have profound and unexpected effects on them both.

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Robert De Niro
as Jack Mabry
Edward Norton
as Gerald "Stone" Creeson
Milla Jovovich
as Lucetta Creeson
Frances Conroy
as Madylyn Mabry
Enver Gjokaj
as Young Jack
Pepper Binkley
as Young Madylyn
Sandra Love Aldridge
as Miss Dickerson
Greg Trzaskoma
as Guard Peters
Kylie Tarnopol
as Young Candace
Bailey Tarnopol
as Young Candace
Madison Tarnopol
as Young Candace
Rich Goteri
as Guard #2
Ron Lyons
as Guard #3
Madeline Loiselle
as Lead Teacher Amanda
Linda Boston
as Lead Teacher
Wallace Bridges
as Police Captain
James Oscar Lee
as Sincere Inmate #1
Marcus Sailor
as Sincere Inmate #2
Brian Peters
as Inmate #1/Teach
Jason Waugh
as Inmate #3
Lamonte Bell
as Inmate #4
John Bostic
as Inmate #5
Rory Mallon
as Walters
Trudy Mason
as Bobby's Widow
Sammy Publes
as Liquor Store Owner
Tevis R. Marcum
as Lucetta's Man #1
Mark Jonathan Stanley
as Lucetta's Man #2
Rod McIntosh
as Lucetta's Man #3
Jan Cartwright
as Neighbor #1/Madylyn's Friend #1
Jane Burkey
as Madalyn's Friend #2
Connie Cowper
as Madylyn's Friend #3
Bonnie Clevering
as Madylyn's Friend #4
John Lewis
as Black Inmate
Chris Nolte
as White Power Inmate #1
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz
as White Power Inmate #2
Thomas Mahard
as Some Guy
Tom Lowell
as Infirmary Guard
Bonzai Vitale
as ND Driver
Banzai Vitale
as ND Driver
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Critic Reviews for Stone

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (49)

  • A disconcerting and challenging film. It leaves you wondering. How cool is that?

    Oct 22, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • You can feel the movie's gears grinding throughout, first in the rote suspense mechanics and later in the ham-fisted religiosity (conveyed through an endless soundtrack of evangelistic talk radio).

    Oct 22, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Stone is that rare film that refuses to be easy.

    Oct 22, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • An ambiguous film boasting a quartet of mesmerizing performances...

    Oct 21, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The craftsmanship is impeccable as is the acting, but the storytelling is where the movie falls down. And with such a poorly realized narrative, it's hard to be enthusiastic about the many things Stone does right.

    Oct 21, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a tour de force for Norton, who fills the air with an intense and yet thoughtful patter about why Stone is in the joint, what he did, what he doesn't want to think about/talk about any more and what he thinks Jack Mabry wants to hear.

    Oct 20, 2010 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Stone

  • Nov 21, 2011
    I was disappointed by this one. I expected a lot when I saw who the cast was, but it fell short. It really had nothing to say.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2011
    Huge disappointment. From the trailer and the cast, I was expecting better. This film kind of reminded me of the film, Just Cause with Sean Connery. I thought De Niro and Norton were better in The Score. The pacing is off. It is too slow at times. The ending was also a let down.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2011
    A film that just didn't go anywhere or do anything for me. Sad to see Robert De Niro star in such a terrible film. Glad I didn't pay movie ticket prices. Left a lot to be desired. 2 1/2 stars.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2011
    It was a good movie. The main 3 characters does a good job...And it's a little interesting...but not much. It was...I don't know...It was good but nothing more.
    Martin S Super Reviewer

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