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The Promotion Reviews

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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
May 5, 2010
Sort of a Dilbert riff, only lower on the food chain.
February 15, 2009
The Promotion does sacrifice some comedy in its attempt at depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 50/100
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 16, 2008
...an odd yet compelling comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 10, 2008
...sharp and intelligent...
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 1, 2008
Easily one of the freshest, funniest comedies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
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.
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
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
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
June 13, 2008
The Promotion has more work-life truth in it than a month of The Office or Dilbert.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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-
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
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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