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Stone Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    58

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    There is not a credible moment in this overly calculated melodrama.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Milla Jovovich slinks cartoonishly as Stone's seductive wife, on a mission to compromise the lawman. Lordy.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Nothing is etched in anything remotely resembling a hard surface in Stone.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    De Niro is so good at playing a man who has essentially emasculated himself because of fear of his anger, so that sex and anger may be leashed in precisely the opposite way, as in "Raging Bull." And Norton, the puppetmaster - it may not even be freedom he requires, but simply the pleasure of controlling others to obtain it.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

Thought-provoking prison drama is far too mature for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mature prison drama is full of graphic sexual conversation and several sex scenes that include partial nudity (breasts, butts, etc.). The violence includes a bloody stabbing that's racially motivated, and the language is nonstop -- there's no swear word you can think of that isn't used. Additionally, the movie deals with lots of heavy topics that young kids and even most teens aren't old enough to understand -- marital malaise, redemption, sin, spiritual rebirth, prison's inability to rehabilitate, etc. This isn't an R-rated movie in which the sex and language are played for laughs; with such grown-up subject matter, this is drama is best for adults and possibly the most mature, film-loving older teens.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. Is there any kind of positive take away here? Who do you think the film is intended to appeal to?
  • How did the movie's violence impact you? How does it compare to the kind of violence you see in an action movie? Which is more upsetting? Why?
  • This film feels more like a play than a movie. What about it -- dialogue, mood, setting -- would lend itself to the theater?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: There aren't many take-away messages in this film other than that it's nearly impossible to know whether a good con man is lying to you. Otherwise, there's a lot of lying and selfish, destructive behavior. There's an underlying theme of redemption, but whether it happens or not is very ambiguous.

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    Role models: No one in this movie is even remotely a positive role model. Characters manipulate each other, compromise their relationships, and more.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: A father threatens to throw his sleeping daughter out of a second-story window if his wife goes through with her threat to leave him. A prison inmate is brutally stabbed multiple times in what seems like a racially motivated killing; the protagonist literally watches him die from behind bars, and the scene is bloody and realistic. In a flashback sequence, viewers see the crime that lands someone in prison, which includes scenes of two dead elderly people bleeding on the floor, one of them with an ankle/foot amputated. Two arsonists are shown burning down houses. A man is threatened and held at gunpoint.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Sex scenes include a woman's naked breasts and back and a man's naked butt and back. There are several shots of the woman's breasts, and at least a couple of the shots are pretty graphic (thrusting, moaning, implied oral sex, etc.). Many conversations early in the movie revolve around graphic descriptions of sex and how great a prisoner's wife is at it. The explicit talk includes descriptions of positions the inmate remembers fondly, questions about sex in your 60s, and more.

  • language false5

    Language: Barely a scene passes without multiple swear words, including "f--k" (and variations thereof), "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "c--k," "t-ts," "ass," "hell," "goddamn," "c--t," and more.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Jack and Madylyn drink and smoke cigarettes every time they're together, except for when they're having breakfast. They drink so often that the liquor store cashier knows what Jack wants without either of them speaking to each other. Lucetta is also shown hanging out in bars smoking and drinking, and there's a retirement party and other scenes in which almost all of the adults are drinking/smoking.

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