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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 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
    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. 50
    The film oddly mirrors "The Passion of the Christ," as a show trial leads inexorably toward an almost sadistically filmed public execution (it doesn't hurt that Jim Caviezel plays the reporter). Like that movie, it gets its point across with all the subtlety, sorry to say, of a rock upside the head.
  5. 50
    A slow, inexorable slog to the titular event -- a public execution so inconceivably violent and brutal the movie practically dares you not to look away.
  6. 50
    Director Nowrasteh seems to think the only way to save lives is to sensationalize death. You could trek to the theater and have this movie whack you upside the head. You could also just mail a check for $10 to the human rights group of your choice.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 38
  3. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. MFLPM
    Jul 1, 2009
    Powerful movie in every way! such a strong reality will take your breath away!! MUST SEE IT!
  2. MarianaM.
    Jun 30, 2009
    It's a great movie, It touch me! I can believe this thing's still happening today!!!
  3. 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. Expand
  4. LupeL
    Jul 10, 2009
    Amazing movie!
  5. BennettT
    Aug 3, 2009
    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
    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. faribat
    Jun 27, 2009
    Exploitative and as disgusting as passion of the christ in fomenting blood lust!

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