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John Anderson
Newsday
March 24, 2006
Played with such an utter lack of charisma by Leo Gregory, Jones comes across as a rocker so drug- and ego-addled he doesn't have enough sense to lie down.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 24, 2006
With its low budget, unadventurous script and notable lack of any Stones recordings it has the look and feel of a TV movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 24, 2006
The good news here is that Woolley and his writers have taken the mystery surrounding Jones' tragic 1969 death as their main interest, and have adopted as fact the long-cherished rumor that the blond rocker's drowning was a case of murder.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
March 24, 2006
The overall package ... while not stingy with the sex and drugs, really needed to convey a lot more rock 'n' roll.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
March 24, 2006
Gregory has all the necessary quicksilver, will-o-the-wisp, mercurial charm to play Jones, making his brilliantly etched personality seductive and fascinating, whether he's being gorgeously appealing or viciously mean.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 23, 2006
Apart from Considine, the actors all deliver superficial performances beneath several layers of slathered-on Summer Of Love drag, and Woolley's use of multiple film stocks and flash-cut editing jumbles together a bunch of '60s filmmaking clichés without
| Original Score: C-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 23, 2006
Most of the movie is a tired sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll cliché, and many of the performances are so bad as to be laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 23, 2006
It's fun, for a while, to hang out with the temperamental rock star. But in the end, we can't wait to get away from the man.
Jay Antani
Filmcritic.com
March 23, 2006
we've drowned in Woolley's pool long before Jones has.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
March 23, 2006
The film fails to establish Jones' significance to the band or why his death should be seen as anything other than just another rock 'n' roll casualty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

E! Online
March 23, 2006
Stoned stylishly captures the counterculture look and feel but suffers from dazed and confused storytelling, due to awkwardly inserted flashbacks and a dramatically inert script.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 23, 2006
Stoned, Stephen Woolley's convoluted docudrama examining the final weeks in the life of the guitarist Brian Jones ... stalls in its own laborious accumulation of detail.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
March 23, 2006
Mines the story of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones for a note-perfect pastiche of Swingin' '60s style, but is less satisfying in other departments.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
March 23, 2006
Jones comes off like a hedonistic burnout whose history is no more gripping than any other rock 'n' roll cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 23, 2006
In the end, a Stones (or a Jones) movie with no Stones songs is itself a bit like death by misadventure.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
March 23, 2006
This half-forgotten '60s controversy can't sustain a whole movie, so director Steven Woolley and writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade pad things out.
March 23, 2006
Stoned is one trip you do not want to take.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 22, 2006
It never truly reveals who Brian Jones was before he fell apart. His indulgence, and his demise, play out in a void.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
March 22, 2006
A tawdry fictionalized account of Jones' last days, ignoring his contributions to rock to focus on the sex, drugs and controversy
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
March 21, 2006
The rock hero starts out dead and so does the movie.
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