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Eastern Promises Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 1, 2007
It's just too bad Eastern Promises, on the whole, promises more than it delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
September 11, 2007
Perhaps the director set the bar so high with A History of Violence that there was no way he could equal it with Eastern Promises, but for him to fall so far short is nothing less than criminal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 1, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Edward Douglas
September 10, 2007
While this isn't a terrible movie, compared to A History of Violence or any of Cronenberg's earlier films, it's a huge disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Prairie Miller
November 13, 2007
Barbershop throat slitting, nude macho wrestling and eye gouging in a bathhouse, and far too willing underage Ukrainian sex slaves. A double vodka, please.
Matt Yeager
October 22, 2007
Eastern Promises, a sleek, stylish thriller about slavery within the seedy underworld of the Russian mob in Britain.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
October 26, 2007
Despite the star presence of Viggo Mortensen, David Cronenberg's violent film about the Russian Mafia in London is a disappointment.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 14, 2007
Eastern Promises is a routine crime drama that tries to have Anna's humanitarian mission give it an air of nobility.
Alex Markerson
E! Online
September 14, 2007
As bloody good as parts of Eastern Promises are, as a whole it's a bloody mess.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ryan Stewart
September 22, 2007
This is a film with a lot of big emotions, but not a lot of big moments.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
September 19, 2007
In his severity, Cronenberg disrupts the audience's immersion in a story that might have become a landmark tale of corruption and conscience...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jordan Hiller
December 6, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Timothy Knight
September 14, 2007
This intermittently riveting and atmospheric film nevertheless ends on such a bewilderingly abrupt and unsatisfying note, you wonder if there's a missing reel.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
September 16, 2007
A mediocre crime thriller -- nothing more, nothing less. That it's directed by David Cronenberg is disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 10, 2007
You walk out of Eastern Promises feeling spooked and sullied, as if waking from a noisome dream. "London is to blame," one of the characters declares, but I don't buy it. I blame David Cronenberg.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 10, 2007
Eastern Promises is finally conventional, even sentimental.
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
September 11, 2007
Offers mostly empty promises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Armond White
New York Press
September 13, 2007
Eastern Promises is a pretty hollow viewing experience. It deals with the ugly life choices facing Eastern immigrants in the West (London) but seems more contrived than truthful.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 14, 2007
What it's really about, more than sensitivity for displaced people or social analyses, is violence -- hideous, gruesome, over-the-top violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
September 21, 2007
...Eastern Promises is intensely anti-dramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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