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The Stoning of Soraya M. Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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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
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
July 17, 2009
Though The Stoning of Soraya M.' s heart is in the right place, its head is lost in storm clouds of anger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
July 16, 2009
Although The Stoning is efficiently made, it is ultimately a cheat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 10, 2009
At the end, when a photograph of the real Soraya flashes across the screen, your heart breaks for the poor woman, but your ears are relieved that the film has finally stopped shouting at you.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 3, 2009
A reasonable person might well add the issue to the agenda after enduring this at times unbearably violent agitprop drama, based on the true story of an Iranian woman stoned to death after being falsely accused by her husband of adultery.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2009
Goes well beyond its angry didacticism and its specific indictment of men's oppression of women to achieve the impact of a Greek tragedy through its masterful grasp of suspense and group psychology, and some superb acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 26, 2009
The film is plodding and simplistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 26, 2009
The sort of film that gets its strength from subject matter rather than artistic choices, this sincere but unsubtle drama will likely earn additional attention due to its timeliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 26, 2009
A riveting account of oppression, injustice and defiance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 26, 2009
The whole movie marches to that same, sad rhythm of unalterable horror, illuminated by Joel Ransom's brutal and beautiful cinematography. The sum is difficult to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
June 26, 2009
A shocking yet stately and powerful plea for women's rights.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 26, 2009
The film comes perilously close to reveling in the horror while revealing it. And dramatically, this is distressingly simple-minded fare: ugliness leads to ugliness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 26, 2009
The more dramatic the material, the more restrained the approach ought to be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2009
This gory, ham-fisted hybrid of social-issue picture and horror film exerts a crude but undeniable power.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 26, 2009
The film, shot elegantly in color but with the dramatic feel of black and white, functions as a parable of power abused by the multitude. It takes a village to turn craven stupidity into fascist bestiality.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 26, 2009
[A] shattering and powerful drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Washington Post
June 26, 2009
Iranian American director Cyrus Nowrasteh has amplified the basic elements of Suraya's story into the worst kind of exploitive Hollywood melodrama, presented under the virtuous guise of moral outrage.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 26, 2009
The Stoning of Soraya M. thoroughly blurs the line between high-minded outrage and lurid torture-porn.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 25, 2009
What keeps us watching is the path -- from outrage, to fear, to resigned martyrdom -- of Mozhan Marno, who plays the blameless victim, and the speak-truth-to-power courage of Aghdashloo as her tireless advocate, desperately looking for justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 25, 2009
This is less a movie than a blunt instrument, a bit of political parable, a bit more outrage, and nary a scrap of real drama or finesse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 25, 2009
The Stoning Of Soraya M. crawls forward in excruciating slow motion toward the inevitable day when sinners cast the first, second, third, and fourth (etc.) stone, stacking the deck at every turn along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 25, 2009
The Stoning of Soraya M. has such a powerful stoning sequence that I recommend it if only for its brutal ideological message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
June 24, 2009
Right now, you're better off just watching the news.