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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
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
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."
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
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
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 24, 2009
Whatever its dramatic flaws, and they are many, this is a movie that, in essence, is more than a movie.
Sarah Boslaugh
July 19, 2009
Many films have shown more explicit (and often gratuitous) violence, but the impact is greater in this film as it is intensely personal ...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
July 17, 2009
At its best, The Stoning of Soraya M is a snapshot of how evil can spread among the utterly normal, the well-intentioned and the (at least to them) righteous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
July 17, 2009
Despite some wonderful performances, the plot plods inexorably and with sickening predictability towards the inevitable conclusion, but nothing can prepare us for the actual event, which Nowrasteh films in real time and in shocking detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
July 16, 2009
The magnificent performance by Aghdashloo is worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 16, 2009
The spoiler is in the title of The Stoning of Soraya M., a powerful, relentlessly brutal drama about Iranian capital punishment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 16, 2009
This broadside against sharia law lacks the finesse of an import, but it's effectively melodramatic, particularly because of the strong performance of Iranian-born actress Shoreh Aghdashloo
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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