An aging woman flees from her past and future.
" A stubbornly affecting drama that's strongest in its quieter moments. "
" A tastefully reverent, fundamentally sincere treatment of Margaret Laurence's 1964 Manitoba-based novel, a staple for Canada's 12th graders. "
" Ellen Burstyn deserves another Oscar nomination for this compelling drama. "
" These elemental forces fuel a compelling narrative, but the second half of the movie starts to drift. "
" 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. "
" A film of tightly assembled bits and pieces that don't fit comfortably together despite clever dashes of magical realism connecting past and present. "
" 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. "
" Burstyn can do maternal strength and strife in her sleep, but Kari Skogland's hardscrabble weepie is still indistinguishable from any number of similar memory-lane melodramas. "
" 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. "
" Left me feeling respectfully indifferent, as if I'd been served a nutritious meal that was only fleetingly satisfying. "
" There is a reverence for the idea of Laurence's book but ultimately, in spite of its spiced-up sex scenes, it's much tamer and more conventional. "
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