The Stone Angel
The Stone Angel (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 21, 2008
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite fine performances from Ellen Burstyn and newcomer Christine Horne, The Stone Angel fails to escape formulaic melodrama territory.

Eddie Cockrell
Variety

A tastefully reverent, fundamentally sincere treatment of Margaret Laurence's 1964 Manitoba-based novel, a staple for Canada's 12th graders.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

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.

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S. James Wegg
JWR

Too much story, too little time

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Left me feeling respectfully indifferent, as if I'd been served a nutritious meal that was only fleetingly satisfying.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles 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.

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Peter Brunette
Screen International

A perfectly respectable, solidly-made film which, beyond the expert performance by the always reliable Ellen Burstyn, has unfortunately little to recommend it.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A film of tightly assembled bits and pieces that don't fit comfortably together despite clever dashes of magical realism connecting past and present.

Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
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CAST: Ellen Burstyn, Christine Horne, Cole Hauser, Dylan Baker, Ellen Page, Kevin Zegers DIRECTED BY: Kari Skogland SUMMARY: Rather than succumbing to… More
Dannielle Albert
REALLY good acting and decent script. I lasted until the end out of curiousity but the story was kind of thrown together and I didn't really understand the… More
Walter M.
In "The Stone Angel," Hagar(Ellen Burstyn) is being pressured by her son Marvin(Dylan Baker) and daughter-in-law Doris(Sheila McCarthy) to move into a… More
meril lupin
*yawn*
Mark Abell
A powerful performance by Ellen Burstyn as a woman (Hagar) at the end of her life, remembering the events that shaped it. Christine Horn plays the younger Hagar… More
m h
It was just simply ok for me. Some sad and touching moments, but overall very boring. It was a good cast, and good acting, but I felt like the whole film just… More