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Eastern Promises Reviews

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Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

Quite possibly the best film of the year, it is to be seen at all costs.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 5/5

July 14, 2011
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

David Cronenberg's spin on "The Departed," in which lawmen and the lawless were similarly tested within an ethnic mafia's ranks. But where that became an overwrought bloodbath, "Promises" maintained a vicious focus on mob malevolence and personal peril.

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

September 25, 2010
Jason Gorber
Filmfest

"It starts very well, and we're immediately drawn into this world of dead pregnant teens, the Russian mob, the hermeneutics of tattoos and the archetypal disappointment of a father with his son."

Full Review Source: Filmfest | Original Score: A-

September 2, 2010
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

A captivating and intimidating presence, Mortenson is simply striking in his consecutive Cronenberg film, playing the slick Russian mob figure who suffers from a crisis of conscience with equal parts calm and intensity.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2010

Clearly a companion piece to (and just as good as, if not better than) 2005's fantastic A History of Violence, Eastern Promises is all about blood, in the familial as well as the literal sense.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 8.5/10

June 10, 2010
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

Even if the frequently low-key plot suffers from the occasional sleepy stretch, Mortensen turns in a magnificent performance.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2009
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Late-period Cronenberg masterpiece

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

David Cronenberg is a director who sets out to bring life (and death) back to violence. In Eastern Promises he does just that. It is a movie that will make audiences squirm and look away.

Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 3.0/5

February 2, 2009
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Mortensen is very convincing as Nikolai, and his Russian accent is impeccable.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Un ejemplo de cine negro contemporáneo realizado y narrado con gran precisión. Excelente elenco donde se destaca la notable labor de Viggo Mortensen.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 4/5

May 3, 2008

Eastern Promises has a lot going for it, which makes it all the more disappointing when the story takes a fatal turn towards the end.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 3/5

May 1, 2008
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

This is my favorite David Cronenberg film to date.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 9/10

March 3, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette

...a Godfather for a new culture and era.

Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette | Original Score: 9/10

February 28, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Poderia perfeitamente ter se revelado um thriller absolutamente convencional caso não tivesse, a seu favor, dois elementos importantíssimos: a direção segura e intrigante de David Cronenberg e, claro, a performance hipnótica de Viggo Mortensen.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 4/5

February 22, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Despite Viggo's total gorgeousness, a nude fight-for-his-life in a steam room has all the titillation of a butcher throwing down a slab of meat.

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: B-

February 22, 2008
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

David Cronenberg proves he doesn't have to use violence to tell a good story.

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

February 2, 2008
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

If you're a fan of crime flicks, Viggo Mortensen or director David Cronenberg, this movie is sure to give you what you want.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 8/10

February 1, 2008
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Surprising and rather suspenseful crime drama and the perfect follow-up from the director who composes a pleasing violent moral duality tale...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 3/4

January 4, 2008
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com

There seems to be no point to it all other than to craft an unsettling motion picture with some grisly close ups of throats being slit.

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 2/4

December 6, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Though not as subtle, complex, or personal as History of Violence, Cronenberg's new film is a grim, taut, well-crafted crimer about the Russian mafia in London, as close to a genre picture as helmer has ever done.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

November 16, 2007
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