Stone Reviews

  • [A] hooey-heavy prison-and-faith drama.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • [It ends] up subverting expectations by denying pleasure.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Moral ambiguity and ethical compromise are at the heart of this meandering prison drama, but at a certain point we simply don't care anymore who is base and baser.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Ultimately Stone sags under its own overblown philosophical weight, with a strained and painfully obvious spiritual subtext finally smothering what could have been a simple, effective psychological thriller.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • What looked like a juicily absurd film noir disguised as a generational acting battle is something closer to a dirge -- a dead-serious meditation on faith and grace, redemption and damnation.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • At odds with its own lofty and base instincts, Stone ultimately channels neither compellingly.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • How Curran and his cast chew into it is often mesmerizing.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Stone is that rare film that refuses to be easy.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • Stone could have been some sort of a procedural, a straightforward crime movie, but it's too complex for that. It is actually interested in the minds of these characters, and how they react to a dangerous situation.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Genuinely odd in its mixture of bluntness and indirection, screenwriter Angus MacLachlan's study in biblical temptation is saved from its own heavy-handedness by a fine quartet of actors.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • You can feel the movie's gears grinding throughout, first in the rote suspense mechanics and later in the ham-fisted religiosity (conveyed through an endless soundtrack of evangelistic talk radio).

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • An ambiguous film boasting a quartet of mesmerizing performances...

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • As in every good dialogue-driven film, talk equals action. The excitement here is sparked by the verbal and gestural give-and-take between the actors.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A disconcerting and challenging film. It leaves you wondering. How cool is that?

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • If you're of a mind that actors as talented as Robert De Niro and Edward Norton could make even pedestrian material watchable, Stone puts your theory to the test. And surprise! They can.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Mr. De Niro fails to make anything about his miserable character poignant, and Mr. Norton's overwrought intensity borders on hysteria. The desired moral dilemma never arrives.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Though nearly sabotaged by the ridiculous sexual subplot at its center, this soul-searching drama works best at the character level, couching insights about sin and forgiveness under the guise of conventional genre entertainment.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • A movie steeped in sin that squats awkwardly in a cinematic purgatory between tawdry and talky.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • It's a tour de force for Norton, who fills the air with an intense and yet thoughtful patter about why Stone is in the joint, what he did, what he doesn't want to think about/talk about any more and what he thinks Jack Mabry wants to hear.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • The movie wouldn't work as well as it does without the impressive support they get from the film's leading ladies, Frances Conroy and Milla Jovovich, who act as catalysts for the explosive drama.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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