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: September 12, 2007
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
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Critic Score: 43% 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

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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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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Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Watching The Stone Angel is not a chore. And the ending is pure, classy melodrama-it's totally overblown, and nothing less than satisfying.

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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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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

Too much story, too little time

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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
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
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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