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  • Summary: Adapted from the best-selling novel by Atiq Rahimi, The Patience Stone captures the reality of everyday life for an intelligent woman under the oppressive weight of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
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  1. Reviewed by: Jamie S. Rich
    Oct 24, 2013
    100
    There are surprising developments and revelations along the way, and they all eventually dovetail into a beautiful conclusion.
  2. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Sep 6, 2013
    88
    Rahimi simply made an inspired decision when he chose Farahani...who quietly but powerfully works her way through subtle shadings of emotion from fear to despair to anger to love to righteous vindication.
  3. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    Aug 13, 2013
    80
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Aug 13, 2013
    70
    Mr. Rahimi opens up an entire world inside the couple’s modest house, filling its few rooms with enough air, sharp words and slow-boiling intrigue that the walls never feel as if they’re closing in on you.
  5. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Oct 2, 2013
    67
    There isn’t a false step from the quietly devastating Farahani; her tour-de-force performance carries the film through its rocky stretches.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 14, 2013
    60
    Farahani — seen in “Body of Lies” and “Chicken With Plums” — is equally vibrant in a performance, and a film, that dares us to listen.
  7. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Apr 17, 2013
    38
    While Atiq Rahimi's film may peel away the many layers of its female lead like an onion, the end result is still just an onion.

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