The Stone Angel
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Ellen Burstyn and Ellen Page star in this uplifting romance based on the best selling novel by Margaret Laurence. Fiesty firecracker Hagar Shipley (BURSTYN) has lived an unconventional life. Her passionate heart has always ruled her head and her choices have put her at odds with family and friends. With her life nearly behind her, she sets out in search of a way to reconcile herself to her turbulent past. Through her reflections we come to know a passionate rebellious young bride, her love for her two sons, the freedoms she claimed, and the jobs she denied herself.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 23
- Fresh: 9
- Rotten: 14
- Average Rating: 5.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: A film of tightly assembled bits and pieces that don't fit comfortably together despite clever dashes of magical realism connecting past and present.
Fresh: A tastefully reverent, fundamentally sincere treatment of Margaret Laurence's 1964 Manitoba-based novel, a staple for Canada's 12th graders.
Rotten: 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.
Rotten: 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.
There are about two minutes of Ellen Page in this movie. Someone should be shot for false advertising. And the use of that beautiful decanter as a vase is probably close to a mortal sin. Grim story, but Ellen Burstyn is always worth watching - she's an exceptional actress. Other performances were good as well.
Depressing, really, really depressing
Want to feel blue - this is your movie. Looking for a slow movie - look no further.
From the scenes in the preview the movie looks to be a Romantic drama- think the Notebook. But in fact, this movie is depressing and not at all romantic. If your looking to enjoy a heart felt movie and maybe shed a tear or two this film is not for you. I suggest waiting for this movie to hit the tv airwaves, not worth $3.99.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2008
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