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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Unbelievable Waste of Time... and everything else, 29 May 2007
Author: gbrown-8 (email@example.com) from United States
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It is incomprehensible how this footage ever saw the light of day. I
cannot believe a TV station would dare air it, even TBN, as just
happened in Dallas. This work is so poor, in so many ways.
More recent critiques and comments in this area do offer some needed explanation for the failed script, acting, directing and all technical aspects of this... film. Even low budget indy writers and directors I know, would never make the rookie mistakes displayed here. They are simply inexcusable.
The concept for this script is so lame, I cannot imagine anything making it salvageable.
I cannot even justify a further investment of time to comment on it. What an embarrassment.
A new low in Christian filmmaking., 17 April 2013
This movie is terrible in so many ways. First, the story. It's an
unusual one, which isn't a bad thing in itself, but "The Sobbing Stone"
tries to be a mystery working up to a twist in the end, but fails
miserably because the big revelation in the end is obvious from the
beginning, which make the whole "story" pointless. There's lots of bad
acting and tedious religious discussions that start out of nowhere not
because it comes natural in the story but because the movie needs them
because it is a Christian film and to pad the running time (basically
there's a Christian character and an angry atheist who argue about
who's the worst hypocrite and it turns out the atheist has some
Freudian reason to dislike Christians because they remind him of his
bad mother). Second, I can forgive a low budget feeling if a movie is
well made but director and editor Robert G. Christie shows a complete
lack of talent. I haven't seen such bad directing and editing in years.
He seems to be unaware of such basics as the 180 degree rule.
There's really no reason to watch "The Sobbing Stone" unless you want to experience a new low in Christian filmmaking. This is a film that truly deserves its IMDb rating of 1,3/10. It makes movies like "C Me Dance" and "Spirits Among Us" look like Oscar material. This may very well be the worst Christian movie ever made outside of Nigeria (and at least "666, Beware the End is at Hand" had some entertainment value).
3 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Unique and original., 30 August 2006
Author: gbattlef from atlanta, ga
As an enthusiast of independent films, I applaud the Sobbing Stone for it's originality and spirit. After viewing this work it was encouraging to know there are filmmakers out there willing to risk public scrutiny and undue criticism for their endeavors in spiritual matters. Although the film was a bit slow in the beginning the pace seemed to pick up soon after and, when the story did begin to unfold, we were treated to some fine performances and storytelling. I will encourage others to view the Sobbing Stone if anything for it's unabashed commitment and willingness to be an original work with fine storytelling. I'm sure the director has a place in the entertainment industry. There is a great void in Hollywood for this kind of material and it seems there are productions stepping up to the plate.
0 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
A terrific film with a surprising ending, 26 September 2007
Author: mjdistributor-2 from United States
I loved this film and think it portrayed an interesting and unique look at the sacrifice made for us two thousand years ago. I have seen the movie over 3 times, and each time it did not fail to keep me spellbound. I especially like the crowd scene and the ending scene. They both were very touching. I think the acting was very good and believable. The deaf girl did a very good job. I hope Mr. Robert Christie continues with his film-making and disregards disparaging remarks made by others that are suffering from "sour grapes" syndrome. More power to you and your actors....I hope we get to see more of your work in the near future. How about a sequel?
4 out of 31 people found the following review useful:
Utter silence at the end, 11 August 2006
Author: actor-50 from United States
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The really cool thing about this movie is that it had that very eerie feeling to it and it made you think. I've got to admit I jumped a couple of times from my seat! Throughout the entire plot I pretty much felt a little "edgy" and that continued to build and by the ending..well...let's just say I and my buddies were pretty much choked up and silent at the same time. This is definitely a good movie to see if you want to have that swirl of emotions where things just hit you right in your heart. Also particularly liked the background music b/c I thought it added to the eeriness. I liked the acting as well - particularly liked the Professor and Alan - very real and convincing. The others were as well, but these two were by far my favorites. What I also thought was a really good element to this movie is that it can be watched by adults and kids alike. Adults because of the power and emotional impact that it can provide and kids because it sent a message w/o gore and sexual content. Anyways, I give it a thumbs up.
7 out of 37 people found the following review useful:
Robert G. Christie's Best!, 11 August 2006
Author: Flicks06 from United States
Great actors and rich content.
The Sobbing Stone tackles a difficult topic and does so from a unique perspective. Although a small part, Michelle Schaeffer gives a fantastic performance as the Professor's daughter, and could be a star in the making. A strong opening sequence kicks off the picture and use of special effects adds a mysterious element while not going over the top like many films in that genre do.
The music is haunting, the sound effects realistic and the ending leaves you in dismay. I have seen pictures by RCFeatures before, and this is Robert Christie's best one yet!
8 out of 39 people found the following review useful:
The Sobbing Stone was a fantastic film indeed, 3 December 2005
Author: pennstatetull from United States
I am very pleased I went Gardels had great food and The Sobbing Stone
was very good once you start watching it you can't stop ...I enjoyed
the low budget film exp ...and even forgot that it was a small film
budget I had heard the film was cast 3 times in the audience during
filming , I could tell there was some kind of strange editing but all
in all very entertaining I liked the Character Michael and The Prof I
am sure this film has a place. I hope everyone can get a chance to
watch it or pick it up somewhere I know I sat with 200 people that
night it showed in Baltimore MD and the crowd seemed to be glued to
every word although I am not much on that type of film I enjoyed it
Great Job RC Features and all the local actors in that area
4 out of 32 people found the following review useful:
A Siskel and Ebert 2 Thumbs Up Review!, 12 August 2006
Author: Lisa Holte from United States
When I first began watching The Sobbing Stone, the film immediately piqued my interest and I found myself feeling like a scientist wanting to know what in the world is happening to this little stone! That goes to show that Robert G. Christie's ability to draw his audience is in the works! The film has it's unique mystique quality with great ominous music that keeps you hooked in every scene. The actors portrayed their roles really well and right on cue. Personally, I thought it was amazing that a low budget film could be just as good as any other feature film. My two thumbs up for The Sobbing Stone! The audience will not be disappointed!
6 out of 36 people found the following review useful:
To All Naysayers, 12 August 2006
Author: jwheaton-1 from United States
To ALL Naysayers,, Certainly, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I'm sure if Mr. Christie were present, he would probably say exactly the same thing. However, there is a vast difference between voicing your opinion, and merely posting for the sheer sake of seeing your post on this forum. You may pat yourselves on the back for your "cleverness" at bad-mouthing the work of others, but some of you cross a line from opinion, to looking unintelligent and being just plain rude. Having watched The Sobbing Stone, I can tell you that nearly 100% of the faults found in this movie are due to a lack of budget, not from a lack of talent, creativity, or vision from the director. Without a budget, a filmmaker is extremely limited in his or her equipment, and crew. Without a budget, that also means you can't afford A list actors. A normal three to four month shoot gets narrowed down to three weeks at best. Without a budget, you can't afford the special effects one would like. This doesn't mean he, and the cast and crew, shouldn't be commended for their effort. At least they are doing something other than wasting their time on a board bad-mouthing others. Everyone starts somewhere. If the director was fortunate enough to be born into the business, or if he was a multi-millionaire, we all would be having quite a different discussion. Since he is not, he like everyone else in this industry, has to work their way up. I can assure you that he has the talent to one day command the necessary budget. Obviously, many others think so as well.
5 out of 35 people found the following review useful:
A moving film, 11 August 2006
Author: ctemple198 from United States
Contrary to some people's feelings on the film, I found Sobbing Stone
to be quite a fascinating concept. If there was a lack of understanding
to the plot, it came from a lack of attention span. It was pretty clear
I always like to believe that I would have tried to stop Jesus from being crucified but in actuality, who knows? I could have been just as bad as the rest of the mob that was there.
As for the look of the film, I thought that the environment looked dark but considering the nature of the film, I thought it was appropriate.
Robert Christie did a phenomenal job with the budget that he had to work with and I would be very impressed if anyone could have done what he did with this film.
There is always room for growth in the entertainment industry and I think Robert just took a big step forward.
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