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Stone Reader Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 3, 2013
weakly copies Michael Moore's dogged pursuit and film style
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
May 7, 2004
It sends viewers running to the bookstore or the library.
| Original Score: 10/10
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 21, 2004
You're not likely to see a more impassioned and heartfelt tribute to the joy of reading.
| Original Score: B
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 11, 2004
Loved the discovery, but hated the man's forcing of himself on the project.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 14, 2004
It is about that almost mystical connection between authors and their readers.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 24, 2003
Stone Reader is in many ways an undisciplined home movie ... But that's OK. Little by little Moskowitz builds his airtight case that reading matters.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 9, 2003
Just as in a good read, the point is more in the journey than the destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jurgen Fauth
October 8, 2003
Worthwhile for anybody with an interest in reading or writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
October 6, 2003
Failure can take an enormous toll on a writer, but success sometimes can be just as brutal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 20, 2003
This filmed travelogue, a cinematic one-man's-diary -- or whatever you care to call it -- never really gives a reason for the audience to care about its subjects or its central thesis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 19, 2003
This navel-gazing documentary is too much about Moskowitz and not enough about the object of his obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Carlos Villani
Arizona Republic
September 18, 2003
It's an intimate look at the gears inside one person's head and a study of how an obsession, when handled judiciously, can be enlightening.
| Original Score: 3/5
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
August 27, 2003
As personal memoir, a story of men and the books that bind them, it's fairly complex but verges on maudlin.
Shawn Levy
August 21, 2003
A unique account of the impact of a work of art on a single man's mind and spirit.
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 19, 2003
Fascinating and compulsively watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 11, 2003
Moskowitz has made a wonderful film about readers and reading, writers and writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
July 10, 2003
Moskowitz may soon find himself in the same boat as many of the artists he is analyzing, because Stone Reader is going to be one tough act to follow.
| Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 20, 2003
It's a tribute to the transforming power of reading and a reminder of the Sisyphean task that reading can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 20, 2003
Until Stone Reader, no film ever captured the thrill and romance of reading.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 19, 2003
Stone Reader is flat, flawed filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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