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The Patience Stone Reviews

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Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
The film loses the palpable tension it manages to set up in the beginning
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 16, 2013
"The Patience Stone" is essentially a monologue, and Atiq Rahimi (directing the adaptation of his own novel) doesn't have what it takes to make the story more dynamic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
August 13, 2013
The movie makes all this single-room, beating-her-breast stuff more punishing than the novel does, and less rewarding as well.
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
April 17, 2013
While Atiq Rahimi's film may peel away the many layers of its female lead like an onion, the end result is still just an onion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 19, 2013
Speaking of patience, it will try yours.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
August 14, 2013
There's only so much anyone can do with a conceit that amounts to a movie-length speech delivered to a coma patient.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
August 15, 2013
What might have impressed on the stage-an attenuated monologue by the heroine-seems forced in the confined space of the dreary one-room bedroom set.
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David Fear
Time Out
August 13, 2013
Farhani ... almost single-handedly carries the film; the range the Iranian actor displays here proves that she's destined for bigger things. Fans will just have to be patient.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie S. Rich
October 22, 2013
There are surprising developments and revelations along the way, and they all eventually dovetail into a beautiful conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Stefan Pape
December 3, 2013
Another absorbing lead performance from Golshifteh Farahani in Atiq Rahimi's The Patience Stone
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
December 5, 2013
A beguiling and perplexing piece of conceptual slow cinema from Iranian director Atiq Rahimi.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
September 5, 2013
The film burns with the collective anger of exiles, unfolding as an indictment of the Islamic customs and religious practices that oppress women in their native countries.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
September 19, 2013
The bare room where the husband lies helpless becomes a confessional where Farahani pours out the woman's life story in a performance that grabs you with its quiet yet searing power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Simon Miraudo
March 24, 2013
The only ferociousness comes from Farahani... She gives The Patience Stone its gravitas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
September 5, 2013
Most impressive, however, is Farahani's lead performance. Though often pitiable, the heroine never registers as a martyr or a victim, but a relatable, multifaceted human being.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 12, 2013
Some movies prove both immediately transformative - altering how we view the world as soon as we leave the theater - and long-lasting, demanding days or weeks of reflection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 3, 2013
Farahani carries the movie almost single-handedly, and her performance is remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Gallagher
The List
December 11, 2013
As it progresses the woman's story is paralleled with several religious myths and it builds to a conclusion that is terrifying, far-fetched and powerfully-realised. The final moments resonate with a mythic quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 5, 2013
It's a little on-the-nose. But "The Patience Stone" has Farahani, in nearly every shot, and in its meticulously paced way her movie-long confessional is something to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 30, 2013
A genuine political psychodrama that makes its point with a sledgehammer.
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