The Stoning of Soraya M.
The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 26, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Stoning of Soraya M. nearly transcends its deficiencies through the sheer strength of its subject material, but ultimately drowns out its message with an inappropriately heavy-handed approach.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Whatever its dramatic flaws, and they are many, this is a movie that, in essence, is more than a movie.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

The spoiler is in the title of The Stoning of Soraya M., a powerful, relentlessly brutal drama about Iranian capital punishment.

Markie Robson-Scott
The Arts Desk

Melodramatic, yes, but this powerful, disturbing film is based on a real event in mid-Eighties Iran, which makes it easier -- or perhaps harder -- to bear.

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star

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.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Although The Stoning is efficiently made, it is ultimately a cheat.

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S. James Wegg

Take even a cursory look around the planet: unjust, senseless death is not going away anytime soon...

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Though The Stoning of Soraya M.' s heart is in the right place, its head is lost in storm clouds of anger.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A strange and repugnant piece of work, half hot-button political propaganda and half sadomasochistic Outrage Porn.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Anyone interested in what goes on in religio-fascist cultures should see this horrifying and moving film about a woman tortured and ostracized for little reason… More
Jim Hunter
<i>The Stoning of Soraya M.</i> tells the story of a woman whose husband conspires to convict her of adultery. The isolated village strictly… More
Matthew Slaven
This movie portrays a moment in1986 in an area of the world able to uphold the social graces of the Old Testament era. It is here that women can be bartered… More
Thomas Johnston
A powerful story of what is the possible lives of many more than we realize! Difficult at times to watch, but worth the effort. Tells a story few know but… More
Raymond Wieser
The Stoning of Soraya M. is a film that every one should see. It is an extremely powerful, shocking, heart-wrenching and unforgettable film that looks into… More
Cynthia S.
Holy cow. This is one movie that isnt for the weak of heart. Once again I cannot believe what some people are capable of. This country should be wiped from the… More