Stone (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Stone (2010)

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic 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.

Stone Videos

Stone Photos

Movie Info

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.

Watch it now

Cast

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
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Stone

Critic Reviews for Stone

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (28)

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

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
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).

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Stone is that rare film that refuses to be easy.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

As in every good dialogue-driven film, talk equals action. The excitement here is sparked by the verbal and gestural give-and-take between the actors.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

An ambiguous film boasting a quartet of mesmerizing performances...

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
ReelViews
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Stone

This has to be one of the more, I think, underrated films of the past couple of years. The film is a prison drama centered around a parole officer nearing retirement who gets locked into a psychological duel with a convicted arsonist and the man's alluring wife-both of whom will do what it takes to convince the officer to help make early release possible. The film is all about control, manipulation, psychological games, and the motifs of religious belief, guilt, and temptation. Much of it is quite well done, but the rest is a little iffy, and could have been handled better, particularly how the narrative is executed. I do like the performances though, because those are definitely the highlight. Robert De Niro and Edward Norton reteam for the first time since The Score, and they are very impressive to watch, mostly because they are both acting somewhat against type. The really impressive person here though, is Milla Jovovich. She gives a very compelling and convincing performance without ever getting to over the top. It's a real treat to see her in action. Give this one a chance. It's flawed, but decent and compelling enough to warrant a viewing.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

Yet again Norton out-acts De Niro in a film where the acting is more superior than the story line. It does have it's moments, but also toward the end, it does drag and there is hope for excitement which does not deliver, it's a straight forward story with no hidden surprises, but enjoyable performances.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

½

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 Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Stone Quotes

Discussion Forum

Discuss Stone on our Movie forum!

News & Features