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Promised Land Reviews

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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
Sandy Schaefer
ScreenRant

Promised Land is high-minded material - but makes for a flaccid viewing experience.

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 28, 2012
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered

The film wants to be meaningful, wants to have topical significance and emotional heft, but it arrives mostly empty, and in a year filled with great and memorable films, Promised Land is not worth anyone's attention.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/10

December 29, 2012
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

"Promised Land" ends up being about two-thirds of a decent film, despite having problems with its characters. Had there been a little more thought put into the ending, perhaps it would have been more satisfying.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 3, 2013
Ann Lewinson
Kansas City Star

Lacking confidence that these didactic speeches will drive its message home, the film throws in a paranoid plot twist from which it never recovers.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2/4

January 3, 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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Just as underhanded as the soulless corporations it's taking to task.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 1/5

January 2, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

Promised Land attempts to present both sides of the argument while ultimately falling decidedly on the side of anti-corporatization.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.5/10

January 4, 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
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It's as if the people behind Promised Land only agreed to make the movie if there was an unambiguous "policy statement" at the end, and that's what we're subjected to.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

December 28, 2012
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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While there's no faulting the talent or good intentions of the people involved, however, they make the mistake of leaving out the spoonful of sugar, which makes the medicine get stuck in your throat. It's all message and very little movie.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

December 27, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The script is unconvincing; two key narrative twists, one related to the other, are deeply hokey.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 27, 2012
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Timely topic. Likable cast. But this frack-attack drama never fully finds its footing. As pleasant as it is forgettable.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B-

January 4, 2013
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine

This is one of those impassioned message movies that makes its point early on, then beats you over the head with it, haphazardly acknowledging the shades of grey without admitting they have any validity.

Full Review Source: OK! Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 28, 2012
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com

A dishonest film about duplicity.

Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com | Original Score: 4

January 7, 2013
Tim Grierson
Screen International

"Promised Land" will probably play best with those invested in the script's political and social issues, while others may simply dismiss this as a well-meaning message movie.

Full Review Source: Screen International

December 5, 2012
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net

Promised Land is no Good Will Hunting (1997). It brings back director Gus Van Sant and actor Matt Damon, but it's another example of you can't go home again.

Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 2.0/5

January 2, 2013
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood

Promised Land wears its ideology on its sleeve, along with its hackneyed plot twists and wholly unbelievable characters.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 28, 2012
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly

I really don't know what this movie is trying to say.

Full Review Source: Tucson Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

January 3, 2013
Bill Gibron
Film Racket

underwhelming at best

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

April 19, 2013
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