Stone of Destiny
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Prolific actor/director Charles Martin Smith takes the helm for this lighthearted adventure comedy recounting the theft of the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey. Based on the memoirs of Ian Hamilton, Stone of Destiny follows the determined student's reckless quest to make the ultimate symbolic gesture for Scottish independence. Charlie Cox stars in a film featuring Robert Carlyle, Billy Boyd, Stephen McCole, and Kate Mara. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Writer/director Charles Martin Smith brings energy and wit to this British-Canadian co-production."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Smith, who also wrote the screenplay, is all brisk efficiency over the course of the movie's fat-free 96 minutes."
‑ James Adams, Globe and Mail
"A woeful slice of sentimental whimsy that makes Braveheart look like a documentary."
‑ Neil Smith, Film4
"Those whose national football and cricket teams are led by an Italian and a South African respectively have little room to talk, but surely Scotland has enough homegrown filmmaking talent to stick it to we sassenachs without relying on the Yanks?"
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"Based on a true story, this rousing caper adventure can't help but keep audiences engaged. It's an efficiently made, if not particularly inventive, old-style romp that works away at your cynicism until you find a lump in your throat."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Written and directed by an American, the film nevertheless feels closer to the 'British' spirit of the old Ealing comedies, something emphasised by its old-fashioned ambience and its charming evocation of the period."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"...unapologetically old-fashioned..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"As a film, it's a touch too Hollywood, and full of too much patriotic Braveheart guff, but, on the whole, the American director and writer, Charles Martin Smith, has created an amiable and watchable heist movie."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Sunday Times (UK)
"It's hard to conceive a more clichéd depiction of Scotland than the one Charles Martin Smith fashions in this corny Celtic caper."
‑ , Total Film
"Scottish nationalists are not likely to be wowed by this tiresome retelling of the "theft" of the Stone of Destiny (or Scone) from Westminster Abbey in 1950."
‑ Victor Olliver, Teletext
"This unabashedly sentimental and outright anti-English pic is stodgy as a cheap haggis with nationalistic sentimentality."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"Braveheart it isn't, but it is fun."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Writer/director Charles Martin Smith is American, which wouldn't matter if this didn't feel so much like a wee-dram-and-bagpipes invitation to a mythical Scotland of yesteryear."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"This modest Scottish caper film is based on real events but it is all a bit too limp to really engage, despite impressive performances from Cox and Mara."
‑ Mark Adams, Daily Mirror [UK]
"An old-fashioned, unashamed heartwarmer more likely to prove a crowd- pleaser than a critical favourite."
‑ Allan Hunter, Screen International
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