Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. 33
    Nowrasteh constantly overplays his hand, not realizing that some horrors speak for themselves.
  2. Reviewed by: Jan Stuart
    Iranian American director Cyrus Nowrasteh, co-writing with wife Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh, has amplified the basic elements of Suraya's story into the worst kind of exploitive Hollywood melodrama, presented under the virtuous guise of moral outrage.
  3. A classic case of preaching to the choir, since it’s doubtful the film will reach many of the minds that need changing.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 37
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 37
  3. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. Jul 27, 2013
    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 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. Full Review »
  2. Oct 27, 2013
    The Stoning of Soraya M. was as real today as it have been for centuries. Women in foreign countries can be lied upon very easily as she was in this movie and stoned to death. This depiction broke my heart and the struggle continues. Stoning is wrong and no one deserves this kind of treatment. Her stoning wasn't based off facts but lies and her husband wanted her dead. Watch this movie if you can but if you cannot stand to see something that is real don't watch it because this is a real life story and such crimes still exist today. Full Review »
  3. Apr 28, 2013
    Definitely a must watch, everything in this movie made me mesmerized and into seeing what will happen next, although the ending is spoiled from the title but it is still one of the greatest I have ever experienced. Full Review »