The Stone Angel
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Director Kari Skogland takes the reins for a Buffalo Gals Pictures production starring Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn as author Margaret Laurence's much-lauded heroine Hagar Shipley. Hagar may by 90, but she not ready to lie down and die just yet. Her decisions stem straight from her heart, and that often alienates her family and friends. When Hagar's son, Marvin (Dylan Baker), takes his mother to look at a nursing home, she takes it as her cue to leave her family behind and set out on one great last journey. Her mission is to locate the seaside home she remembers from her youth,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

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"A tastefully reverent, fundamentally sincere treatment of Margaret Laurence's 1964 Manitoba-based novel, a staple for Canada's 12th graders."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Writer-director Kari Skogland adapts a beloved Canadian novel gracefully and with plenty of spunk, the same way its main character moves through the world from cradle to grave."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Too much story, too little time"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Far less would have been much more, though the geriatric protagonist's salty sexual wit and impulse to share a joint with a passing stranger, spice up the often dreary chronological procession of family episodes."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Overacted, underwritten, and with flashback cues so lazy the characters may as well just say, "I remember when...," the film feels like The Notebook II."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Let's Not Listen
"Left me feeling respectfully indifferent, as if I'd been served a nutritious meal that was only fleetingly satisfying."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Although talented newcomer Christine Horne is ideal as the younger Hagar, letting Burstyn play the character at around 50, despite best-effort lighting, was not the wisest choice."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"A perfectly respectable, solidly-made film which, beyond the expert performance by the always reliable Ellen Burstyn, has unfortunately little to recommend it."
‑ Peter Brunette, Screen International
"Old lady on the road takes a memory trip, giving Burstyn a chance to shine."
‑ Evan Henerson, Los Angeles Daily News
"Events pass by in a muddled rush as the intimate character study of the page gives way to a hollowed-out on screen portrait."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"Despite a terrific lead performance by Ellen Burstyn, Kari Skogland's epic The Stone Angel is a lesson in the perils of trying to cram a hefty Canadian novel that spans decades into a movie running just under two hours."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A film of tightly assembled bits and pieces that don't fit comfortably together despite clever dashes of magical realism connecting past and present."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The only way to enjoy Kari Skogland's epic portrait of a miserable 90-year- woman named Hagar (Ellen Burstyn) is to reframe it as Scary Movie for weepies."
‑ Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine
"It's not a great movie, but Burstyn fans shouldn't miss her subtle performance."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"...there's certainly no overlooking the palpable emotional punch of the movie's final scenes."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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