The Stoning of Soraya M.
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The Stoning of Soraya M.
Director Cyrus Nowrasteh teams with screenwriter Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh to illuminate the dangers of religious fundamentalism, gender apartheid, and mob rule with this fictionalized adaptation of Freidoune Sahebjam's best-selling novel centering on a true-life tragedy. The story takes place in 1986, just as Khomeini is coming into power in Iran. Undercover French journalist Freidoune Sahebjam (Jim Caviezel) is traveling though a small southwestern village when his car breaks down. Surrounded by strife but left with little choice other to wait until his car is repaired, the anxious… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

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"Whatever its dramatic flaws, and they are many, this is a movie that, in essence, is more than a movie."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The spoiler is in the title of The Stoning of Soraya M., a powerful, relentlessly brutal drama about Iranian capital punishment."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Take even a cursory look around the planet: unjust, senseless death is not going away anytime soon..."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Nowrasteh's approach is hardly subtle, favouring didactic dialogue and overblown scoring. That said, a 20-minute stoning sequence possesses the shocking brutality of The Passion Of The Christ"
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"This harrowing film spares no physical or emotional detail."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Despite some wonderful performances, the plot plods inexorably and with sickening predictability towards the inevitable conclusion, but nothing can prepare us for the actual event, which Nowrasteh films in real time and in shocking detail."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"Although The Stoning is efficiently made, it is ultimately a cheat."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"A strange and repugnant piece of work, half hot-button political propaganda and half sadomasochistic Outrage Porn."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"[A] well-intentioned, but laboured and woodenly acted film, based on a true story."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"With the melancholy cry of a sad cello, the film opens with a golden sun rising over the hills of a remote Iran landscape...It's a devastating story, powerfully told"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Though The Stoning of Soraya M.' s heart is in the right place, its head is lost in storm clouds of anger."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"This broadside against sharia law lacks the finesse of an import, but it's effectively melodramatic, particularly because of the strong performance of Iranian-born actress Shoreh Aghdashloo"
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Though it is perfectly watchable, it latches onto the more simplistic domestic aspect of the story at the expense of exploring the more difficult and complex political issues that enable this sort of killing to come about in the first place."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"This is The Wicker Man but with scary English country folks replaced with the supposed Axis of Evil."
‑ Tiru Thiruvilangam, Little White Lies
"The long, shockingly barbaric stoning sequence near the film's climax is indeed grueling, and the film's depiction of the events leading up to it paint a horrifying picture of the powerlessness of women in rural Iran in this period."
‑ Lynden Barber,
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