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  • Summary: John Curran directs Angus MacLachlan's script about a convicted arsonist who looks to manipulate a parole officer into a plan to secure his parole by placing his beautiful wife in the lawman's path. [Overture Films]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 20, 2010
    80
    All ye searching for Primal Fear redux, abandon hope. The character-driven drama he (Curran) offers viewers instead is something far more complex, cracked and unique for an American movie boasting big-name stars: an unblinking glare into the abyss.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 20, 2010
    75
    Ultimately, Stone is a haunting film about what it feels like to be really and truly lost.
  3. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Oct 21, 2010
    75
    I was with the movie until its head-scratcher of an ending, too oblique for its own good.
  4. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Oct 20, 2010
    63
    The craftsmanship is impeccable as is the acting, but the storytelling is where the movie falls down.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Oct 20, 2010
    50
    Nothing is etched in anything remotely resembling a hard surface in Stone.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Oct 20, 2010
    50
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Oct 27, 2010
    25
    If only one character in Stone reacted as someone in his position would to the preposterous situation at hand, the movie would be 15 minutes long.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 9, 2010
    8
    This movie has many levels and may not be what you expect. It is a good script and you have to participate in it. I enjoyed the acting also. DeNiro and Norton are great together. Expand
  2. May 28, 2011
    5
    Fantastic acting from De Niro, Norton, Jovovich and Conroy, but the story arc is lacking and some scenes should have been cut due to tedious redundancy. Expand
  3. Oct 24, 2010
    4
    A fast paced action thrill ride that may be a tad confusing with a slow beginning, but Stone was a solid, unique film, that might be Milla Jovovich's best, and Ed Norton and DeNiro act amazingly together, like they were made to act together. A nice movie that you don't know what happens until the very end. Expand

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