Stone Reader
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In 1972, 18-year-old Mark Moskowitz read a positive review in the New York Times Book Review that inspired him to get a copy of Dow Mossman's novel, The Stones of Summer. An avid reader, Moskowitz found himself unable to get through the book, and set it aside after 20 pages. Twenty-five years later, he finally picked it up again, this time reading it all the way through. Moskowitz was thrilled with the book, and immediately began looking for the author's other works. There weren't any. At this point, Moskowitz, who earns his living making political advertisements, began making a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You're not likely to see a more impassioned and heartfelt tribute to the joy of reading."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Moskowitz has made a wonderful film about readers and reading, writers and writing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"weakly copies Michael Moore's dogged pursuit and film style"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"It is about that almost mystical connection between authors and their readers."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Worthwhile for anybody with an interest in reading or writing."
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
"It's an intimate look at the gears inside one person's head and a study of how an obsession, when handled judiciously, can be enlightening."
‑ John Carlos Villani, Arizona Republic
"Moskowitz may soon find himself in the same boat as many of the artists he is analyzing, because Stone Reader is going to be one tough act to follow."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"It sends viewers running to the bookstore or the library."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Stone Reader is in many ways an undisciplined home movie ... But that's OK. Little by little Moskowitz builds his airtight case that reading matters."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Failure can take an enormous toll on a writer, but success sometimes can be just as brutal."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"Fascinating and compulsively watchable."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's a tribute to the transforming power of reading and a reminder of the Sisyphean task that reading can be."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Loved the discovery, but hated the man's forcing of himself on the project."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Just as in a good read, the point is more in the journey than the destination."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"This filmed travelogue, a cinematic one-man's-diary -- or whatever you care to call it -- never really gives a reason for the audience to care about its subjects or its central thesis."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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