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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 22, 2010
A disconcerting and challenging film. It leaves you wondering. How cool is that?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 22, 2010
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).
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
October 22, 2010
Stone is that rare film that refuses to be easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 21, 2010
An ambiguous film boasting a quartet of mesmerizing performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 20, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 20, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 14, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 14, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 14, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 14, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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October 8, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/10
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 8, 2010
[It ends] up subverting expectations by denying pleasure.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 8, 2010
A movie steeped in sin that squats awkwardly in a cinematic purgatory between tawdry and talky.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 7, 2010
How Curran and his cast chew into it is often mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 7, 2010
De Niro plays a deeply flawed and hypocritical corrections officer with just the right mix of self-righteousness and vulnerability, embodying a man whose soul has withered from decades of corrosion.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 6, 2010
[A] hooey-heavy prison-and-faith drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 6, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
October 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
October 5, 2010
At odds with its own lofty and base instincts, Stone ultimately channels neither compellingly.
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James Bradshaw
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2010
It's worth the price of admission to see Norton and De Niro sparring across a prison-house desk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2010
A thoroughly unconvincing melodrama about a sexual triangle that few viewers are likely to buy.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 10, 2010
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.