Promised Land Reviews

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Kent Jones
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
Damon and Krasinski's script isn't completely solid, but it follows a believably wayward path to a lovely, muted ending.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 18, 2013
An engaging film about the dangers of fracking and the crass manipulation employed by its proponents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
The film never makes a convincing argument against fracking, probably because it's too busy being cloying.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
May 7, 2013
Gus Van Sant's Promised Land is an engaging performance-driven drama that works more often than not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 27, 2013
... Van Sant's eye and sense of poetry no doubt elevate what's essentially an updated Frank Capra story ...
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
April 25, 2013
'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 | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
April 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: B-
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 21, 2013
There are some good scenes early on, and the conflict at the centre is real. But it's sentimental, Capraesque fare ...
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 19, 2013
underwhelming at best
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
April 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
April 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 19, 2013
A gentle rather than dramatic film that, once the central argument is laid out, lacks real flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
April 18, 2013
A flawed but watchable eco-drama - heavily indebted to a wittier anti-corporate movie, Local Hero, made 30 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies
April 18, 2013
Van Sant is no Frank Capra, so why is he trying so hard to be?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 18, 2013
Not confident or bolshy enough about the subject, too aware of eco versus economic pros and cons ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Damon Smith
Birmingham Post
April 17, 2013
The film means well, it just doesn't stir the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
April 15, 2013
Feels more Hollywoodland than 'Promised Land'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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