• R, 1 hr. 26 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Steve Conrad
    In Theaters:
    Mar 9, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 2, 2008
  • Weinstein Company


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The Promotion Reviews

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Nick Rogers

A bit Alexander Payne social satire, a bit Mike Judge's "Office Space," "The Promotion" keeps the laughter mostly low-key while addressing deflating truths about occupational angst -writer/director Steve Conrad's sturdy thematic stock-in-trade.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 17, 2010
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Sort of a Dilbert riff, only lower on the food chain.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

May 5, 2010
Jeremy Heilman

The Promotion does sacrifice some comedy in its attempt at depth.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 50/100

February 15, 2009
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B+

October 18, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The Promotion may not be much, and you get to know that supermarket uncomfortably well by the end of the 85 minutes. But as I say: He's an interesting writer.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: B

October 18, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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By taking the time to make that connection with the audience, The Promotion ensures we'll forgive these guys anything -- and laugh along with them -- in their quest to advance their lots.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
James Berardinelli
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A nice little comedy about what it takes to climb the corporate ladder and the toll such actions take on the psyche of a decent individual.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an odd yet compelling comedy...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 16, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...sharp and intelligent...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

July 10, 2008
Eric D. Snider

Easily one of the freshest, funniest comedies of the year.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: A-

July 1, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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The Promotion works as a comedy because, in the depths of our dark hearts, we enjoy seeing the woes that beset our comic antagonists.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

June 27, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is one of the more original movies of the year, and it's the rare film that's primarily about the workplace.

June 16, 2008
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

bills itself as a comedy, and elements of it do fall into that category, but at its core, this is an incisive and often merciless deconstruction of the American Dream

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

June 15, 2008
Christian Toto
Washington Times

Two regular Joes square off in The Promotion, a sly comedy that finds fresh humor in the workplace.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 13, 2008
Jane Clifford
San Diego Union-Tribune

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 Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 13, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The Promotion has more work-life truth in it than a month of The Office or Dilbert.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

June 13, 2008
M.E. Russell

[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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B-

June 13, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

June 12, 2008
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 12, 2008
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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