The New York Times offered a weird review of The Stoning of Soraya M, oddly juxtaposed with one from the same writer for also-excellent The Hurt Locker. Newsbusters noticed it as well, as did Mitch Berg. Stephen Holden calls the painful and realistic depiction of a stoning “lurid torture-porn,” missing the entire point.
To say this is an exaggeration is to put it mildly. First, the stoning sequence lasts about eight minutes, not 20. It starts at the 1:31:30 mark, it’s over by 1:40, and it’s intercut with at least one flashback sequence.
You can read the entire article, accompanied by source and a few reference links over at Hot Air.