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  • Summary: Academy Award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo and 'The Passion of the Christ' star Jim Caviezel star in this vital and enlightening story of one woman's persecution at the hands of religious extremists. Based on a powerful true story, the film has been hailed by audiences and critics worldwideAcademy Award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo and 'The Passion of the Christ' star Jim Caviezel star in this vital and enlightening story of one woman's persecution at the hands of religious extremists. Based on a powerful true story, the film has been hailed by audiences and critics worldwide including at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. (Roadside Attractions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. The Stoning of Soraya M. goes well beyond its angry didacticism and its specific indictment of men's oppression of women to achieve the impact of a Greek tragedy through its masterful grasp of suspense and group psychology, and some superb acting.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    A timely story, given the political upheaval in Iran, it is emotionally explosive. It also is profoundly compelling.
  3. 75
    The Stoning of Soraya M.”has such a powerful stoning sequence that I recommend it if only for its brutal ideological message. That the pitiful death of Soraya is followed by a false Hollywood upbeat ending involving tape recordings and silliness about a car that won't start is simply shameful. Nowrasteh, born in Colorado, attended the USC Film School. Is that what they teach there?
  4. Though The Stoning of Soraya M.'s heart is in the right place, its head is lost in storm clouds of anger.
  5. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    50
    This is basically self-congratulatory fare for people who feel more "politically conscious" when reminded that women in the Islamic world can have it rough. Right now, you're better off just watching the news.
  6. 50
    It also gives another black eye to Iranian fundamentalists. It is most unfortunate, then, that the film isn't better.
  7. A classic case of preaching to the choir, since it’s doubtful the film will reach many of the minds that need changing.

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  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
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  3. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. MFLPM
    Jul 1, 2009
    10
    Powerful movie in every way! such a strong reality will take your breath away!! MUST SEE IT!
  2. MarianaM.
    Jun 30, 2009
    10
    It's a great movie, It touch me! I can believe this thing's still happening today!!!
  3. Jul 27, 2013
    10
    It is riveting, moving and extremely powerful. This is a movie you need to see. The Stoning of Soraya M. is packed with extremely moving andIt is riveting, moving and extremely powerful. This is a movie you need to see. The Stoning of Soraya M. is packed with extremely moving and powerful story, with truthful acting and graphic violence that has a reason to be there, because if you cut off some of the violence, if you didn't see it happen, you will say it never happened. It is a movie with a real hero, because think about how many heroes we have now, not many. The story is amazing, the directing is wise and the movie overall is one of a kind. Expand
  4. LupeL
    Jul 10, 2009
    10
    Amazing movie!
  5. BennettT
    Aug 3, 2009
    10
    Excellent, must see R-rated brutal film about injustice in Iran, something Iran itself will not discuss, and will not be mentioned on the Excellent, must see R-rated brutal film about injustice in Iran, something Iran itself will not discuss, and will not be mentioned on the evening news that is too fixated on Michael Jackson and other fluff pieces that get ratings but say very little of importance. Expand
  6. JoeC
    Jul 8, 2009
    10
    The Stoning was an honest look into the reality of the social injustice occurring in the Middle East. The film portrayed important points The Stoning was an honest look into the reality of the social injustice occurring in the Middle East. The film portrayed important points regarding an isue which is too often easily overlooked. An eye-opening film that will touch your heart and make you think. Expand
  7. Apr 29, 2015
    1
    I gave up watching the movie after half an hour. It is probably a good movie, but the editing is the work of a hopeless amateur. The cuttingI gave up watching the movie after half an hour. It is probably a good movie, but the editing is the work of a hopeless amateur. The cutting between camera angles and pov´s are faster than a Skrillex video, which is confusing and frustrating when the scene is a supposed to be slow, painful and full of dispair.

    Better editing could have saved this movie.
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