80

The Hollywood Reporter

It's a powerful, shocking piece, and the denunciation of a system in which an accused woman has to prove her own innocence (while in the case of a man, his guilt has to be proven by others), is strong and clear and unforgettable.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

The sum is difficult to watch. But this isn't a film against Islam or religion in general: A clear distinction is made between Allah's more vicious followers and the mercy of Allah himself.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A timely story, given the political upheaval in Iran, it is emotionally explosive. It also is profoundly compelling.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Stoning of Soraya M.”has such a powerful stoning sequence that I recommend it if only for its brutal ideological message. That the pitiful death of Soraya is followed by a false Hollywood upbeat ending involving tape recordings and silliness about a car that won't start is simply shameful. Nowrasteh, born in Colorado, attended the USC Film School. Is that what they teach there?
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The Stoning of Soraya M.'s drawn-out torture sequence is harrowing and lurid.
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63

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
This broadside against sharia law lacks the finesse of an import, but it's effectively melodramatic.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
As with so many message movies, this one trades ­nuance for naked outrage. The filmmakers'heartfelt intent is admirable, but right now they’re competing with a more compellingly told reality.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The last thing I want to do is represent The Stoning of Soraya M. as entertainment, summer or otherwise. This is classic tragedy in semimodern dress that means to horrify, and does so more successfully than any film in recent memory.
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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
A slow, inexorable slog to the titular event -- a public execution so inconceivably violent and brutal the movie practically dares you not to look away.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Director Nowrasteh seems to think the only way to save lives is to sensationalize death. You could trek to the theater and have this movie whack you upside the head. You could also just mail a check for $10 to the human rights group of your choice.
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50 out of 100
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