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Stone Reader Reviews

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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
May 1, 2003
The stultifying pace and Moskowitz's filmmaking laziness are forgivable, but it's exasperating and indicative of our low expectations for the documentary form that a film that taps the likes of Leslie Fiedler could be so devoid of ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2003
Moskowitz indulgences himself too often at the expense of audience patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 3, 2013
weakly copies Michael Moore's dogged pursuit and film style
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 1, 2003
Stone Reader's subject is worthy, and receives a mostly entertaining treatment, but I felt like there was more to gain from the quest than Moskowitz puts on the screen.
| Original Score: C+
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Linton Weeks
Washington Post
May 9, 2003
Occasionally overwrought and overwritten.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
February 22, 2003
Mark Moskowitz's documentary, ostensibly about the director's search for an admired author, is pointless and uncinematic.
D.K. Holm
April 26, 2003
The mainstream nature of Moskowitz's taste in books undermines his proselytizing for Mossman, whose prose we barely meet in the movie. "I like subplots and twists in stories," he counsels us at one point.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 19, 2003
No insight into its subject matter (reading, readership, creation), but a lot of insight into Moskowitz and the contents of his bookshelf.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
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
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
Emanuel Levy
August 16, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 15, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 1, 2003
To anyone whose soul lives or dies by reading or writing or both, the movie is a total thrill.
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 20, 2003
Until Stone Reader, no film ever captured the thrill and romance of reading.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 19, 2003
Fascinating and compulsively watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 24, 2003
The film doesn't exactly sell you on the merits of The Stones of Summer, but it does make you want to run out to the bookstore to pick up some Kafka or some Faulkner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
April 4, 2003
It's easy to relate to Mosko-witz's single-minded preoccupation and it's even easier to like Moskowitz himself. He's an affable guy. There's just too much of him in his film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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