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Stone Reader Reviews

November 1, 2007
It's rare enough when a documentary achieves cult status. Rarer still when it actually changes lives. The Stone Reader, a movie about the love of reading, manages to do both.
February 21, 2004
You're not likely to see a more impassioned and heartfelt tribute to the joy of reading.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
July 19, 2003
Fascinating and compulsively watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2003
Moskowitz has made a wonderful film about readers and reading, writers and writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
June 19, 2003
Stone Reader is flat, flawed filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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-
May 28, 2003
Enormously affectionate, gloriously self-indulgent and unhesitatingly heroic in its championing of good books.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 9, 2003
Occasionally overwrought and overwritten.
May 9, 2003
A decent, diverting movie.
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-
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
May 1, 2003
To anyone whose soul lives or dies by reading or writing or both, the movie is a total thrill.
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
March 21, 2003
Moskowitz indulgences himself too often at the expense of audience patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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-
February 19, 2003
An unalloyed treasure for any viewer who has ever felt transformed by reading a good novel.
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.
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
February 12, 2003
Enchanting and diverting but not resonant.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 11, 2003
I've never seen a movie that paid more heartfelt tribute to the power of artistic invention.