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Promised Land Reviews

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Kent Jones
Film Comment Magazine

Damon and Krasinski's script isn't completely solid, but it follows a believably wayward path to a lovely, muted ending.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 5, 2013
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

An engaging film about the dangers of fracking and the crass manipulation employed by its proponents.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 18, 2013
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

It's more middle of the road than transcendent, but Promised Land offers a quietly engaging and even-handed look at a controversial issue.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 16, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

The film never makes a convincing argument against fracking, probably because it's too busy being cloying.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: C

May 13, 2013
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered

Gus Van Sant's Promised Land is an engaging performance-driven drama that works more often than not.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 3/5

May 7, 2013
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... Van Sant's eye and sense of poetry no doubt elevate what's essentially an updated Frank Capra story ...

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 87/100

April 27, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

'You can't make natural gas from shale without fracking' doesn't quite have the same ring to it as 'You can't start a fire without a spark'.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 3/5

April 25, 2013
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The pro-environment message here is more effective because of the film's subtlety, a casting twist featuring the likeable Matt Damon, and a script that doesn't insult its audience.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B-

April 23, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

There are some good scenes early on, and the conflict at the centre is real. But it's sentimental, Capraesque fare ...

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

April 21, 2013
Bill Gibron
Film Racket

underwhelming at best

Full Review Source: Film Racket | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 19, 2013
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

Thee film-makers' sincerity so indisputable, that Promised Land never entirely spins off the rails. It's hard to swallow, but easy to digest.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 19, 2013
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com

Hydraulic fracturing might not be the most compelling subject for a movie, but it provides a topical backdrop for this engaging drama about ethics.

Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 19, 2013
Derek Malcolm
This is London

A gentle rather than dramatic film that, once the central argument is laid out, lacks real flair.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

April 19, 2013
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

A flawed but watchable eco-drama - heavily indebted to a wittier anti-corporate movie, Local Hero, made 30 years ago.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

April 18, 2013
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies

Van Sant is no Frank Capra, so why is he trying so hard to be?

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 1/5

April 18, 2013
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times

Not confident or bolshy enough about the subject, too aware of eco versus economic pros and cons ...

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 18, 2013
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

The latest film from Gus Van Sant is a thought-provoking and emotionally engaging smalltown drama with a strong script and a terrific central performance from co-writer Matt Damon.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

April 18, 2013
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

A compelling glimpse into a world of corporate chicanery where unscrupulous business giants casually toss decent chaps like Butler into the fray to take the, er, frack.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

April 17, 2013
Damon Smith
Birmingham Post

The film means well, it just doesn't stir the soul.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 5.5/10

April 17, 2013
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Northern Exposure with Jason Bourne. Which is a backhanded way of saying this is far from the challenging movie it promised to be.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2013
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