Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
  1. Thorogood allegedly confessed on his deathbed (in 1993) that he killed Jones, and while the movie convinces us that this might have happened, it never truly reveals who Brian Jones was before he fell apart. His indulgence, and his demise, play out in a void.
  2. 25
    Could 1960s-style sex, drugs and rock & roll really have been this dull?
  3. 63
    Newcomer Gregory never captures the mercurial charisma for which Jones was famous (and which Jagger notoriously channeled in his movie debut, "Performance"), without which his story is just another cautionary tale about fast times, intemperate passions and bad dope.
  4. Stoned accomplishes the unlikely feat of making the golden years before medical science and the law caught up with rock culture look dull.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    All the pieces are in place for an incisive tale of Brit-pop ego and madness, but filmmaker Stephen Woolley -- a celebrated UK producer ("The Crying Game") making his directing debut -- lets the story get away from him.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    Glaringly lacking in the film are any original Stones songs. The group, who fired Jones just before his death, must not have thought much of the movie if they didn't allow their music to be used. Smart fellows.
  7. Its title may ring with pun and promise, but Stoned is a flat riff on Jones's short life. You'll get the highlights but no sense of what made him special -- or what really haunted him.
  8. 40
    This UK drama by Stephen Woolley, a longtime producer for Neil Jordan making his directing debut, presents a fairly convincing version of what might have happened.
  9. The good news here is that Woolley and his writers have taken the mystery surrounding Jones' tragic 1969 death as their main interest, and have adopted as fact the long-cherished rumor that the blond rocker's drowning was a case of murder. It may be speculative history, but at least it's a story.
  10. It's a depressing story made even more of a downer by the absence of any Stones-performed music from their prime '60s years.
  11. 40
    What we really need from Stoned, the very thing that it fails to give us, is a sense of Jones as a human being.
  12. 42
    Apart from Considine, the actors all deliver superficial performances beneath several layers of slathered-on Summer Of Love drag, and Woolley's use of multiple film stocks and flash-cut editing jumbles together a bunch of '60s filmmaking clichés without putting them to any particular use.
  13. 30
    The rock hero starts out dead and so does the movie.
  14. 40
    Fans of the band will likely be disappointed (its music is represented by a handful of covers), and younger audiences will wonder what the fuss is about.
  15. The soundtrack is a mess, with period music out of sync with the period, as when the 1967 song, "White Rabbit," underscores a 1965 acid trip.
  16. 50
    Despite good performances from Gregory, Considine and especially David Morrissey, the movie's true merits are all on the surface: its uncannily authentic period reconstruction and its successful use of stressed and textured film stocks. The filmmakers care more about this than about their characters, and it's hard for us not to feel the same.
  17. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    63
    Stoned carries a freaked-out buzz of nostalgia for the era when celebs willfully destroyed themselves for our amusement.
  18. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    50
    A clichéd rock-star film.
  19. Reviewed by: Joel Selvin
    25
    Almost so bad it's good. Almost.
  20. Reviewed by: Felix Vasques Jr.
    60
    A must for any true rock aficionado.
  21. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    40
    The film's sputtering dramatic engine, underwhelming perfs, and absence of music by the Stones themselves may leave the key younger demographic wondering what all the fuss is about.

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