Stone Reader Reviews

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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.
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.
July 19, 2003
Fascinating and compulsively watchable.
July 11, 2003
Moskowitz has made a wonderful film about readers and reading, writers and writing.
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.
June 20, 2003
It's a tribute to the transforming power of reading and a reminder of the Sisyphean task that reading can be.
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.
May 28, 2003
Enormously affectionate, gloriously self-indulgent and unhesitatingly heroic in its championing of good books.
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.
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.
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.
March 21, 2003
Moskowitz indulgences himself too often at the expense of audience patience.
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.
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.
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