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Stone Reader Reviews

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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.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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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
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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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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 29, 2003
For a film that's obsessed with a book, it's amazing how little we learn about it. Nevertheless, we walk out of the theater longing to get our hands on it.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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John Anderson
May 28, 2003
Enormously affectionate, gloriously self-indulgent and unhesitatingly heroic in its championing of good books.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Linton Weeks
Washington Post
May 9, 2003
Occasionally overwrought and overwritten.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 9, 2003
A decent, diverting movie.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 8, 2003
It should delight anyone who loves to curl up with a book, or loves to tell someone about a book worth curling up with.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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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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.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 24, 2003
Both an involving real-life mystery and a passionate romance between a novelist and his ideal reader.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 20, 2003
Filmmaker Mark Moskowitz, who earns a living making political commercials, turns his considerable skills of media persuasion to the nobler service of selling serious books. And with Stone Reader, he makes the sale.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 19, 2003
An unalloyed treasure for any viewer who has ever felt transformed by reading a good novel.
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Laura Miller
February 14, 2003
What Stone Reader offers that's new is its portrayal of reading not as a supremely civilized and soulful activity but as a lonely, thwarting and sometimes painfully embarrassing one.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 12, 2003
A remarkable accomplishment, an absorbing documentary about the joy of reading that's also a positively gripping literary mystery.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 12, 2003
Enchanting and diverting but not resonant.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 11, 2003
I've never seen a movie that paid more heartfelt tribute to the power of artistic invention.