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The Stoning of Soraya M. Reviews

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May 25, 2013
Take even a cursory look around the planet: unjust, senseless death is not going away anytime soon...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
A strange and repugnant piece of work, half hot-button political propaganda and half sadomasochistic Outrage Porn.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
October 22, 2010
Though it is perfectly watchable, it latches onto the more simplistic domestic aspect of the story at the expense of exploring the more difficult and complex political issues that enable this sort of killing to come about in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
October 21, 2010
Nowrasteh's approach is hardly subtle, favouring didactic dialogue and overblown scoring. That said, a 20-minute stoning sequence possesses the shocking brutality of The Passion Of The Christ
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
October 21, 2010
[A] well-intentioned, but laboured and woodenly acted film, based on a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tiru Thiruvilangam
Little White Lies
October 21, 2010
This is The Wicker Man but with scary English country folks replaced with the supposed Axis of Evil.
| Original Score: 1/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 13, 2010
This harrowing film spares no physical or emotional detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 29, 2010
With the melancholy cry of a sad cello, the film opens with a golden sun rising over the hills of a remote Iran landscape...It's a devastating story, powerfully told
Lynden Barber
May 27, 2010
The long, shockingly barbaric stoning sequence near the film's climax is indeed grueling, and the film's depiction of the events leading up to it paint a horrifying picture of the powerlessness of women in rural Iran in this period.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Wilson
May 27, 2010
This film is by no means a cinematic masterpiece, but Aghdashloo's strong performance holds the film together.
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
May 25, 2010
The Stoning Of Soraya M. hits you in the gut. It's a phenomenal piece of cinema, but there are many who will read about it and think, "I don't need to go there."
Wenlei Ma
Empire Magazine Australasia
May 24, 2010
Preachy outrage and clunky execution deplete a vital decrying of misogyny.
| Original Score: 2/5
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
May 23, 2010
A film that may become a little preachy but nonetheless asserts itself as an important document for the world's attention.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 13, 2010
Undermined by a weak, phony-feeling ending, Cyrus Nowrasteh's film is nevertheless a pitiless study of moral cowardice.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
December 15, 2009
This film is eye-opening and heart-draining and it is excellently produced.This is a very good film, but it is hard for me to chirp "check it out" because it will stick with you, twisting in your stomach and making your life's petty annoyances feel less t
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 14, 2009
Does not make for good drama or entertainment, but it eerily elicits a strange power that says a lot about human rights violations throughout the world.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 12, 2009
Anchored by a terrific performance by Shohreh Aghdashloo, The Stoning of Soraya M explores the disturbing lives of women in the more radical regions of the Middle East.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 3, 2009
This movie is well acted, directed, edited and filmed, however, it is also depressing, uninspiring and sickening. Like a glacier, it moves slowly and inexorably towards its final conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark R. Leeper
October 20, 2009
The story is simple and compelling and the title leaves no doubt where the story is going. This is a powerful film for those willing to see its extreme violence.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 2, 2009
The film does have a certain crude power. But that's part of the problem with it: It's too crude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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