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The Promotion Reviews

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Nick Rogers
September 17, 2010
A bit Alexander Payne social satire, a bit Mike Judge's "Office Space," "The Promotion" keeps the laughter mostly low-key while addressing deflating truths about occupational angst -writer/director Steve Conrad's sturdy thematic stock-in-trade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 5, 2010
Sort of a Dilbert riff, only lower on the food chain.
Jeremy Heilman
February 15, 2009
The Promotion does sacrifice some comedy in its attempt at depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 50/100
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
The Promotion may not be much, and you get to know that supermarket uncomfortably well by the end of the 85 minutes. But as I say: He's an interesting writer.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 18, 2008
By taking the time to make that connection with the audience, The Promotion ensures we'll forgive these guys anything -- and laugh along with them -- in their quest to advance their lots.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
October 18, 2008
A nice little comedy about what it takes to climb the corporate ladder and the toll such actions take on the psyche of a decent individual.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 16, 2008 odd yet compelling comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 10, 2008 and intelligent...
| Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
July 1, 2008
Easily one of the freshest, funniest comedies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
June 27, 2008
The Promotion works as a comedy because, in the depths of our dark hearts, we enjoy seeing the woes that beset our comic antagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 16, 2008
This is one of the more original movies of the year, and it's the rare film that's primarily about the workplace.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
June 15, 2008
bills itself as a comedy, and elements of it do fall into that category, but at its core, this is an incisive and often merciless deconstruction of the American Dream
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christian Toto
Washington Times
June 13, 2008
Two regular Joes square off in The Promotion, a sly comedy that finds fresh humor in the workplace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jane Clifford
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 13, 2008
Reilly and Scott richly mine their characters, alternately confiding in and undermining each other. Their vulnerability and yearning for the good life is a quiet but powerful statement that will stay with you long after the closing credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 13, 2008
The Promotion has more work-life truth in it than a month of The Office or Dilbert.
| Original Score: 3/5
M.E. Russell
June 13, 2008
[Director] Conrad seems to have used whatever clout he got from The Pursuit of Happyness to fund something personal and sincere -- a story that's ultimately about victories of character and suppressing your worst impulses.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 12, 2008
The Promotion uses the structure of a workplace comedy to pose gentle moral and ethical questions about treating people right (or wrong), about honor and ambition, truth-telling and back-stabbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
June 12, 2008
As a subtle expression of masculine angst, it's the timid flipside of Fight Club. As a gentle critique of the American dream's descent into empty consumerism, it's a less cutesy, less feminist Little Miss Sunshine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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