Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 20, 2010
    75
    De Niro is so good at playing a man who has essentially emasculated himself because of fear of his anger, so that sex and anger may be leashed in precisely the opposite way, as in "Raging Bull." And Norton, the puppetmaster - it may not even be freedom he requires, but simply the pleasure of controlling others to obtain it.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 20, 2010
    75
    So few Hollywood movies go here that this one's oddly welcome, even in its most turgid moments, of which there are many.
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oct 20, 2010
    42
    Milla Jovovich slinks cartoonishly as Stone's seductive wife, on a mission to compromise the lawman. Lordy.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Oct 20, 2010
    50
    Nothing is etched in anything remotely resembling a hard surface in Stone.
  7. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Oct 21, 2010
    50
    Stone isn't the straightforward thriller it appears to be, but the alternative turns out to be dull and lifeless. At least the title is apt: Like a rock, Stone has no pulse.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Oct 20, 2010
    67
    At its best, the film works as a morally freighted film noir, with Jovovich particularly good as a breathy femme fatale who seduces De Niro with a mere change in inflection.
  9. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Oct 20, 2010
    50
    The results prove disappointing, simultaneously over the top and underwhelming.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Oct 20, 2010
    75
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Oct 20, 2010
    50
    Say this about Stone: When it's good, it's very good. And this twisty, atmospheric drama is at its best when Edward Norton takes center screen as the title character.
  12. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Oct 20, 2010
    50
    No, the trouble isn't with them but with a screenplay (by Angus MacLachlan) that loads their characters with too much symbolic baggage and then points them off in obscure directions.
  13. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Oct 20, 2010
    67
    There are hints lately that De Niro is trying to build a fourth, restorative act to his wayward film career, and he brings some real fire, without which Stone would be helpless.
  14. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 20, 2010
    70
    Norton, too, keeps us guessing, though his pseudo-tough-guy line readings (and cornrowed hair) are initially distracting. But his scenes with De Niro -- who fills every twitch or glance with Jack's long-buried guilt -- are the guts of the movie.
  15. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 20, 2010
    38
    A movie steeped in sin that squats awkwardly in a cinematic purgatory between tawdry and talky.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Oct 20, 2010
    75
    There's a taste of Southern Gothic here, even though this story is set in Michigan. The incendiary mix of religion, sex and crime threatens to ignite every time Stone tries to turn the interogations back on Mabry.
  18. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Oct 20, 2010
    40
    There is not a credible moment in this overly calculated melodrama.
  19. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Oct 21, 2010
    78
    Mostly this is a tense, portentous, and provocative piece.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Oct 20, 2010
    65
    Because the film is overproduced and unconvincing in telegraphing its several gestural themes, its excellent lead performances get lost in what feels like an aesthetic tug of war over what a movie should be, and do.
  23. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Oct 22, 2010
    75
    Stone isn't for everyone. But for all its shortcomings, it is courageously original.
  24. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Oct 20, 2010
    40
    This is a film about people who are lost, and the filmmakers draw a direct line between their characters' existential wanderings and the religious obsessions they find for themselves.
  25. Reviewed by: Barbara Goslawski
    Oct 20, 2010
    60
    Stone is highly charged and vibrant, and pits Edward Norton against Robert De Niro for two utterly electrifying performances.
  26. 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.
  27. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 20, 2010
    50
    At odds with its own lofty and base instincts, Stone ultimately channels neither compellingly.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User 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.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. Full Review »
  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 tediousFantastic 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. Full Review »
  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 MillaA 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. Full Review »