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  • Summary: Feisty firecracker Hagar Shipley has lived an unconventional life putting her at odds with family and friends. With her life nearly behind her, she sets out in search of a way to reconcile herself to her turbulent past. Based on the best selling novel by Margaret Laurence. (Vivendi Entertainment)
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  1. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    70
    Prolific helmer Kari Skogland draws a fiery performance from vet Burstyn and a beguiling one from Christine Horne as the young Hagar. Yet the book's sheer "Giant"-like scope necessitates generational cross-cutting that's both rushed and cluttered; pic would have have been better served as a more leisurely miniseries.
  2. This multigenerational family history has enough gripping moments to hold your attention, but ultimately it leaves you frustrated by its failure to braid subplots and characters into a gripping narrative.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    60
    Burstyn gets to use her full bag of tricks to bring this crabby, hard-knocks survivor to life. Though she's aged 15 unflattering years, forced into awful old lady clothes and her character teeters on unsympathetic, the actress manages a rich, vanity-free performance, perhaps her best since "Requiem for a Dream."
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    60
    Despite its cutesy comic-relief digressions and overdone solemnity, The Stone Angel finds its way past tonal inconsistencies to a moving conclusion that doesn't romanticize death.
  5. Writer-director Kari Skogland adapts a beloved Canadian novel gracefully and with plenty of spunk, the same way its main character moves through the world from cradle to grave.
  6. 50
    A lesson in the perils of trying to cram a hefty Canadian novel that spans decades into a movie running just under two hours.
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  1. CollinT.
    Nov 8, 2008
    8
    Themes of how family history can repeat itself, courage for self exploration and the freeing impact that letting go of the past can have on Themes of how family history can repeat itself, courage for self exploration and the freeing impact that letting go of the past can have on others all seem to be explored in this broad reaching life epic. It is not often that a film shows the broad strokes of an entire life lived to distill it's fundamental impact. Yet, the audience is given enough room to draw their own conclusions. It is both a tragedy and an heroic tale of impressive detail and scope. Expand

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