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Stone Reviews

Tom Long
Detroit News
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A disconcerting and challenging film. It leaves you wondering. How cool is that?

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

October 22, 2010
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

October 22, 2010
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Stone is that rare film that refuses to be easy.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 22, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 21, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An ambiguous film boasting a quartet of mesmerizing performances...

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 21, 2010
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 21, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

October 20, 2010
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Stone isn't the straightforward thriller it appears to be, but the alternative turns out to be dull and lifeless. At least the title is apt: Like a rock, Stone has no pulse.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

October 20, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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If you're of a mind that actors as talented as Robert De Niro and Edward Norton could make even pedestrian material watchable, Stone puts your theory to the test. And surprise! They can.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

October 15, 2010
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Ultimately Stone sags under its own overblown philosophical weight, with a strained and painfully obvious spiritual subtext finally smothering what could have been a simple, effective psychological thriller.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 15, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It presents us with four characters who are fascinating, specific and yet in some way unknowable, not like the usual characters in fiction but rather like people we might meet in life.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 14, 2010
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The movie wouldn't work as well as it does without the impressive support they get from the film's leading ladies, Frances Conroy and Milla Jovovich, who act as catalysts for the explosive drama.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 14, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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What looked like a juicily absurd film noir disguised as a generational acting battle is something closer to a dirge -- a dead-serious meditation on faith and grace, redemption and damnation.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 14, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Stone could have been some sort of a procedural, a straightforward crime movie, but it's too complex for that. It is actually interested in the minds of these characters, and how they react to a dangerous situation.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 14, 2010
Ian Buckwalter
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This is a film about people who are lost, and the filmmakers draw a direct line between their characters' existential wanderings and the religious obsessions they find for themselves.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 4/10

October 8, 2010
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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[It ends] up subverting expectations by denying pleasure.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 8, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A movie steeped in sin that squats awkwardly in a cinematic purgatory between tawdry and talky.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 8, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Moral ambiguity and ethical compromise are at the heart of this meandering prison drama, but at a certain point we simply don't care anymore who is base and baser.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2010
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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How Curran and his cast chew into it is often mesmerizing.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 7, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Genuinely odd in its mixture of bluntness and indirection, screenwriter Angus MacLachlan's study in biblical temptation is saved from its own heavy-handedness by a fine quartet of actors.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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[A] hooey-heavy prison-and-faith drama.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

October 6, 2010
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Mr. De Niro fails to make anything about his miserable character poignant, and Mr. Norton's overwrought intensity borders on hysteria. The desired moral dilemma never arrives.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 6, 2010
David Fear
Time Out New York
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The seesaw effect of the characters' clarity and confusion helps Curran & Co.'s unexpected, occasionally heavy-handed fumblings toward examining spiritual emptiness find purchase.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

October 6, 2010
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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At odds with its own lofty and base instincts, Stone ultimately channels neither compellingly.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 5, 2010
James Bradshaw
Globe and Mail
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It's worth the price of admission to see Norton and De Niro sparring across a prison-house desk.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2010

Hollywood Reporter
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A thoroughly unconvincing melodrama about a sexual triangle that few viewers are likely to buy.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 10, 2010
Peter Debruge
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Though nearly sabotaged by the ridiculous sexual subplot at its center, this soul-searching drama works best at the character level, couching insights about sin and forgiveness under the guise of conventional genre entertainment.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 10, 2010
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