La Promesse (The Promise) Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
January 13, 2013
The Dardennes' film is unfussy and the revelations small but that is why it is so affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
August 21, 2012
(The Dardennes') "first" film has attained a special place in the hearts of critics and other viewers. Its reputation has not been exaggerated in the least.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 30, 2009
The Dardenne brothers feature debut is a stunning achievement, an emotionally powerful coming of age tale, which shows that humanism can prevail in the harshest economic conditions.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
This is a raw, intense, and engaging anatomy of a 15-year-old boy's moral coming of age in a bleak Belgian town.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
February 21, 2001
A meaningless pseudo-expose of the plight of immigrant workers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 21, 2001
This is a grim morality tale that can't help putting you in someone else's shoes, wondering what you would do if you were in the same situation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
February 21, 2001
The film is entirely within the caught-on-the-run tradition of cinema verite, which makes it all the grittier and its conclusion all the more wrenching.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 21, 2001
A troubling, offbeat and somewhat downbeat drama with no easy answers, with a stark, realistic style and some very good performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
February 21, 2001
A penetrating coming-of-age story, one that argues that adulthood begins with the emergence of moral convictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
February 21, 2001
Impressively written and directed by Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
February 21, 2001
It is an experience I would recommend, if you believe in films that plumb the murkiest depths of the human condition.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 21, 2001
The conflicts involved are intense and absorbing, proving that compelling moral dilemmas make for the most dramatic cinema.

E! Online
February 21, 2001
Not for every taste, but definitely an import worth seeking out.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Alex Albanese
Boxoffice Magazine
February 21, 2001
A work of great emotional depth and impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Film.com
February 21, 2001
Ranks with the great European art-house classics about childhood betrayed and innocence lost.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
February 21, 2001
The Dardenne brothers, as shown by their empathic casting, their very choice of theme, have confessed to a burden. They believe in hope.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 21, 2001
Speaks volumes about how we treat other human beings and what it means to truly grow up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 21, 2001
Almost everyone should be able to identify with the wrenching moral quandary facing Igor.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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