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The Patience Stone Reviews

December 2, 2013
It requires a leap of faith, but this handsome-looking film offers a disarming combination of insight, compassion and provocation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2013
Directed by Atiq Rahimi and based on his novel, "The Patience Stone" speaks for all oppressed women, for all oppressed people for that matter.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 3, 2013
With a piercing edge, "The Patience Stone" is a cry from behind the veil, where a suffocating woman weaves a new life of her own design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
September 19, 2013
A startling fantasy of Muslim feminist empowerment that allows the Iranian-born actress Golshifteh Farahani to put on what amounts to a one-woman show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2013
The details of the woman's life are like a crash course in the sociology of a country living through turmoil ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
September 6, 2013
[A] quietly fierce condemnation of fundamentalist Muslim society's treatment of women ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
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
August 29, 2013
From beginning to end, it's a very human story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 23, 2013
Amid these horrors, the young wife retains not only the frailty but also the incandescence, the sheer staying power, of beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 22, 2013
It's a tragedy streaked with nightmare farce.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
August 15, 2013
Speaking truth to power - all manner of truths, to any kind of power - is at the core of "The Patience Stone."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 15, 2013
Life and death circle each other restlessly and then furiously in the Afghan-set movie "The Patience Stone."
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 15, 2013
Shines a startling, hugely affecting light on the desperate measures so many women must take to survive in the world's most mercilessly patriarchal cultures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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-
August 14, 2013
The camera observes, quietly. There is a stillness, not only in the images, but in the air itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
August 12, 2013
Sensual and horrifying, The Patience Stone plays like a mesmerizing, modern take on the tales of Scheherazade and a parable on the suffering of Afghan women.
August 12, 2013
A luminous central performance from Golshifteh Farahani distinguishes an ambitious if somewhat monotonously wordy adaptation of a prize-winning best-seller.