Box art for Stoning of Soraya M.

Stoning of Soraya M.

drama, thrillers


From a producer of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST comes this chilling story of a deadly conspiracy that became a shameful cover-up... until one witness refused to be silent.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    57%
  • Audience Score
    87%

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The whole movie marches to that same, sad rhythm of unalterable horror, illuminated by Joel Ransom's brutal and beautiful cinematography. The sum is difficult to watch.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, June 26, 2009

Fresh: With the melancholy cry of a sad cello, the film opens with a golden sun rising over the hills of a remote Iran landscape...It's a devastating story, powerfully told

- Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh: The Stoning Of Soraya M. hits you in the gut. It's a phenomenal piece of cinema, but there are many who will read about it and think, "I don't need to go there."

- Annette Basile, FILMINK (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

The Stoning of Soraya M. is a film that every one should see. It is an extremely powerful, shocking, heart-wrenching and unforgettable film that looks into rural Iranian life, and the horrifying fate a woman might be forced into. Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mozhan Marno and the rest of the cast deliver superb performances that should have gotten award attention. NOTE: This film contains a long and very graphic, disturbing stoning sequence.

- fb701560354, Saturday, April 16, 2011

3 stars

The Stoning of Soraya M. tells the story of a woman whose husband conspires to convict her of adultery. The isolated village strictly follows traditional Islamic law, and as a result of her husband's conspiracy, Soraya is brutally stoned. The performances by Jim Caviezel, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Mozhan Marno are all quite strong, and it has been a long time since I've seen anything as blood-curdlingly sick as the stoning sequence. It is appropriately hard to watch. Despite how well-made the film may be, it never rises to anything more than a harsh polemic. Even a first-year journalism student would realize that the story, as it is presented in the film, is based only on one biased source, and she wasn't present at many of the most damning conversations. I haven't read the book, so I'm not in a position to truly doubt this story's veracity, but it was incumbent upon the director to present the story more credibly. Additionally, this event allegedly occurred in 1986; the book was published in 1990; why is it that the film doesn't come out until 2008? Gramsci might say that cultural artifacts "spontaneously" appear as a result of the then-contemporary political climate. He doesn't suggest that there's any type of conspiracy, but it does strike me as odd that this film finds a receptive audience during a time when U.S. foreign policy was rattling its saber at Iran and vice versa. Overall, this is a well-made film, but it's polemic as hell. You may find yourself agreeing with its political message, and to the degree that I whole-heartedly support women's rights, so do I, but Western audiences should be careful not to conflate what occurred in a remote village in Iran during the '80s with Islam or all of present-day Iran.

- hunterjt13, Sunday, January 30, 2011

5 stars

Holy cow. This is one movie that isnt for the weak of heart. Once again I cannot believe what some people are capable of. This country should be wiped from the face of the earth...after removing the women and children, of course. I am not going to forget this movie any time soon

- itsjustme2004, Thursday, October 14, 2010