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Promised Land Reviews

Richard Roeper
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This is a solid if at times too conventional tale of a classic moral conflict.

Full Review Source: Richard | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 4, 2013
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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[It's mostly] a well-wrought drama that feels genuine as it goes about spinning a tale worthy of our challenging times.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 4, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Promised Land is more effective as an anti-fracking screed than as a drama.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

January 4, 2013
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Damon and McDormand are terrific as co-workers seeking the same goal, though they see their work from different points of view.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

January 4, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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This isn't a movie about easy fixes, be they personal or political; it's a film about long-term problems.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

January 4, 2013
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Far too awkward and contrived a drama to change many hearts and minds.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

January 4, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The 50/50 split between profiteers and tree-huggers might reflect the nation as a whole, but it makes for diluted drama.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 4, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Damon's performance as corporate salesman Steve Butler is one of his best.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

January 3, 2013
Rafer Guzman
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A well-intentioned look at a fraught issue, but the Damon-Krasinski screenplay ultimately opts for Hollywood oversimplification.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 3, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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A love triangle involving the two men and a local schoolteacher (Rosemarie DeWitt) seems more like a commercial necessity than an integral part of the story, and the small-town types are indifferently realized by director Gus Van Sant.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 3, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Damon and Krasinski co-wrote the script, and they do a nice job of giving the usual confrontations a gentle and surprising spin.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

January 2, 2013
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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One of several ways this ... picture falls short is in trying to sell a personal-salvation story as a salve to the conundrum it presents.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 2, 2013
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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"Promised Land" offers an experience that's alternately amusing and frustrating, full of impassioned earnestness as well as saggy sections.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

December 31, 2012
James Berardinelli
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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
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Promised Land" is a fine place to start appreciating Matt Damon, who always makes it seem as if everybody else is acting and he's just going through the movie being natural.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 28, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Matt Damon's new film "Promised Land" starts off on the right foot - and then shoots itself in it.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 28, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Damon wants to put you in Very Serious mode and have you think of "issue movies" like "The China Syndrome," but all I could do was laugh and think of "Lolita."

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 28, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Despite their Everyman appeal, Damon and Krasinski don't create much by way of emotional investment, instead becoming mirror images of their most mild-mannered, white-bread selves.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 28, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis
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Though the film eventually caves to sentiment and stereotype, its alert performances and muted rhythms offer much to enjoy in the interim.

Full Review Source: NPR

December 27, 2012
Alonso Duralde
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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
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Promised Land is a hard-sell movie because it doesn't have the confidence in its audience to make any other outcome seem personally viable, to give the opposition a fighting chance or persuasive voice.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 27, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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When you add in the plot contrivances that cluster around its finale, "Promised Land" concludes as an echo of a convincing film rather than the real deal.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 27, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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While there's little doubt about where "Promised Land" is going (you don't think a Gus Van Sant movie is going to side with a corporation, do you?), it's a pleasure to watch it go there.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 27, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Promised Land is a frustrating film to watch. It should be better than this, smarter than this.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

December 27, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It's a fine line between interesting characters and "Northern Exposure" quirk, but the movie mostly stays on the right side of it.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 27, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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"Promised Land" feels divided against itself, not quite sure how to reconcile its polemical intentions with its storytelling impulses, and thus finally unable to fulfill its own promise.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

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
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The kind of earnest, oversimplified big-issues drama that Hollywood loves to foist on audiences as seasonal proof of its serious-mindedness.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

December 27, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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There's a lightness of touch here that makes its level-headed advocacy go down smooth as lager, and allows some quiet room for thought.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

December 27, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Promised Land is a potent and powerful look at how the stressed economy is stressing farm communities across America. Director Gus Van Sant finds the human side of a knotty issue.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

December 27, 2012
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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No one seems to recognize the irony of making a film about corporate rigging that is itself outrageously rigged.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

December 27, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The movie slogs along like a Grant Wood farmer behind his plow.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 24, 2012
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Whatever ambiguity the movie's core lacks is rebalanced at the surface; its organic textures are woven on a conspicuously synthetic frame.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

December 17, 2012
Amanda Mae Meyncke
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...This is no vanity project, but a real, solid and legitimate piece of filmmaking.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A-

December 6, 2012
Justin Chang
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A quietly absorbing if finally somewhat dubious drama about an unlikely anti-corporate crusader.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 5, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Promised Land presents its environmental concerns in a clear, upfront manner but hits some narrative and character bumps in the second half that weaken the impact of this fundamentally gentle, sympathetic work.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

December 5, 2012
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