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. show more
Lou Lumenick New York Post
A lesson in the perils of trying to cram a hefty Canadian novel that spans decades into a movie running just under two hours. show more
Eddie Cockrell Variety
Prolific helmer Kari Skogland draws a fiery performance from vet Burstyn and a beguiling one from Christine Horne as the young Hagar. Yet the book's sheer "Giant"-like scope necessitates generational cross-cutting that's both rushed and cluttered; pic would have have been better served as a more leisurely miniseries. show more
Despite its cutesy comic-relief digressions and overdone solemnity, The Stone Angel finds its way past tonal inconsistencies to a moving conclusion that doesn't romanticize death. show more
Los Angeles Times
Burstyn gets to use her full bag of tricks to bring this crabby, hard-knocks survivor to life. Though she's aged 15 unflattering years, forced into awful old lady clothes and her character teeters on unsympathetic, the actress manages a rich, vanity-free performance, perhaps her best since "Requiem for a Dream." show more
Stephen Holden The New York Times
This multigenerational family history has enough gripping moments to hold your attention, but ultimately it leaves you frustrated by its failure to braid subplots and characters into a gripping narrative. show more
July 13, 2008 kmsinny
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I agree with the NY Times...well done, enough to keep your attention and Ellen is wonderful as always, it is good but, I wish there would have been something a little more gripping.
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