• Released
  • June 26, 2009
  • R , 1 hr 56 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
  • 152 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Stranded in a remote Iranian village, a French journalist is approached by Zahra, a woman who has a harrowing tale to tell about her niece, Soraya, and the bloody circumstances of her death the day before...

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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...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated R | For disturbing sequence of cruel and brutal violence, and brief strong language