Critic Consensus: Poorly cast and sloppily assembled, Stoned turns one of rock 'n' roll's most darkly fascinating mysteries into a cinematic tragedy all its own.
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as Brian Jones
as Frank Thorogood
as Tom Keylock
as Keith Richards
as Anna Wohlin
as Anita Pallenberg
as Mick Jagger
as Andrew Loog-Oldman
as Bill Wyman
as Charlie Watts
as Mrs. Thorogood
as Ian Stewart
Critic Reviews for Stoned
Even The Doors looked like a model of clarity next to this.
A flat riff on Jones's short life. You'll get the highlights but no sense of what made him special -- or what really haunted him.
Played with such an utter lack of charisma by Leo Gregory, Jones comes across as a rocker so drug- and ego-addled he doesn't have enough sense to lie down.
With its low budget, unadventurous script and notable lack of any Stones recordings it has the look and feel of a TV movie.
The good news here is that Woolley and his writers have taken the mystery surrounding Jones' tragic 1969 death as their main interest, and have adopted as fact the long-cherished rumor that the blond rocker's drowning was a case of murder.
Audience Reviews for Stoned
This film of the final days of one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones, Brian Jones was a fairly good attempt at capturing the essence of the icon. However it is a film that could have been much better and it had the potential of being so much more than what it turned out to be. I really liked the film, and I do think it is underrated and it doesn't deserve the flack it has received. Acting wise, there are some good performances and it is nonetheless a worthwhile film to watch even if it is not perfect. I have seen far worst biopics than this, and Stoned is at least well acted and tells a compelling story that should appeal to fans of the band. If you're a casual film viewer, you may not like this as much, but for Stones fans, this is a great viewing. I really enjoyed the way this film was made, but like I said before, it could have been done better. The potential was there to really make this a high caliber biopic about an icon, but in the end, it is viewed more as a curiosity than anything else. Stephen Woolley directs a confident cast that do their best with the material and they pull something quite good. With this one, don't listen to the critics, make up your own mind about it and go in with an open mind and you may enjoy it. The performances alone save this one from being a total dud, and the lead actor Leo Gregory is very impressive in the part of Brian Johnson. For what it is, it's a watchable biopic that overcomes its weaknesses by its cast, and that's the most important part.
Any Rolling Stones fan should see this.
I didn't know too much about the death of Brian Jones before watching this film, just had an interest in the music by The Rolling Stones, so it was an interesting watch. It didn't really show Brian Jones in a good light, I'm not quite sure how accurate this was? The focus really is on Brian Jones and Frank (a character played by Paddy Considine), so fans of The Rolling Stones wanting to see this for music, may be slightly disappointed. VERDICT: Interesting story, definitely worth a watch
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