The NY Times gave a rave ‘endorsement’ of the movie. I say that facetiously because here is how their take was characterized by a NewsBusters.com article title, “NY Times Calls 'The Stoning of Soraya M' Film 'Lurid Torture-Porn.' You know if the extreme liberal NYT attacks someone or something it has got to be good.
Here is a brief excerpt from leftist Stephen Holder’s NY Times movie review:
I guess liberals do not care for truth in any way, shape or form. The same group that rejects Jesus Christ as being almighty God, also reject the obvious fact that Islam is a political, militaristic religious system characterized by by the trifold 'virtues' of hate, intolerance and violence. It is not the accurate depiction of Islamic hatred or the vile crucifixion of the Savior, Jesus Christ, that liberals have a problem with, it is the truthful portrayal of the facts.
“The Stoning of Soraya M.,” a true story of religiously sanctioned misogyny and mob violence in an Iranian village, thoroughly blurs the line between high-minded outrage and lurid torture-porn.
Not since “The Passion of the Christ” has a film depicted a public execution in such graphic detail. In the approximately 20 minutes during which the killing unfolds, the camera repeatedly returns to study the battered face and body of the title character (Mozhan Marno) as she is stoned to death. Buried up to her waist in a hole dug for the occasion, she is pelted with rocks and profanity by the male villagers, including her father, husband and two sons, until she dies . . .
Yet it must be said that “The Stoning of Soraya M.” wields a crude power. At last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the movie was voted runner-up to “Slumdog Millionaire” for the audience choice award. As “The Passion of the Christ” showed, the stimulation of blood lust in the guise of moral righteousness has its appeal.