The Promotion Reviews

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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
June 13, 2008
The directorial debut of Pursuit of Happyness writer Steve Conrad, The Promotion carries a deadpan corporate-absurd whiff of Office Space but never quite scans.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 13, 2008
Screenwriter Steve Conrad's (The Pursuit of Happyness) directorial debut is too strait-laced for the Knocked Up set and too offensive for the Will Smith crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
June 13, 2008
The strangely paced drama/comedy never finds much of a groove. Elements of conventional madcap comedy butt against more indie-ready scenes of relationship dysfunction, and the end result is more frustrating than interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jane Clifford
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 13, 2008
Reilly and Scott richly mine their characters, alternately confiding in and undermining each other. Their vulnerability and yearning for the good life is a quiet but powerful statement that will stay with you long after the closing credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 13, 2008
The Promotion has more work-life truth in it than a month of The Office or Dilbert.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
M.E. Russell
Oregonian
June 13, 2008
[Director] Conrad seems to have used whatever clout he got from The Pursuit of Happyness to fund something personal and sincere -- a story that's ultimately about victories of character and suppressing your worst impulses.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
June 13, 2008
As bad as a severe case of the Mondays.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
June 13, 2008
The acting, not Steve Conrad's bland writing and uneven pacing, drives this low-key, mildly amusing, occasionally insightful workplace satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
June 13, 2008
Total and forgettable and unforgivable blandness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 13, 2008
The Promotion skates out onto that thin ice of comedic subtlety. Like its characters, it's not terribly successful, but it's an admirable effort all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 12, 2008
A nasty-hearted little film, and in absolutely the worst way for a film to be nasty: it is absolutely convinced of its own warm spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 12, 2008
The Promotion uses the structure of a workplace comedy to pose gentle moral and ethical questions about treating people right (or wrong), about honor and ambition, truth-telling and back-stabbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
June 12, 2008
The portrayal of employment in America is too close for comfort. Or comedy...Not the stuff of lighthearted summer comedy.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 12, 2008
Director Steve Conrad probably counts on the natural likability of Scott and Reilly to make this comedy go down a little easier, but it doesn't always do the trick.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
June 12, 2008
As a subtle expression of masculine angst, it's the timid flipside of Fight Club. As a gentle critique of the American dream's descent into empty consumerism, it's a less cutesy, less feminist Little Miss Sunshine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 11, 2008
So laid-back that it barely registers, despite starring two guys who haven't exactly been shrinking violets in previous outings.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jesse Hassenger
Filmcritic.com
June 9, 2008
better than the usual in so many ways
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 9, 2008
"The Promotion" needs some career counseling to figure out just what it really wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
June 8, 2008
A confident and clever character study about the commonality of dreams from the boardroom to the bag boy.
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
June 6, 2008
This notable, Chicago-filmed comedy was inspired by the true events of director Steve Conrad seeing a store employee at a Chicago chain armed only with a yellow courtesy vest break up some unruly loiterers in the parking lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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