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The Promotion Reviews

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June 6, 2008
It's one of those off-balance movies that seems searching for the right tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 27, 2008
Fails as a comedy because it's less funny and interesting than it would be to watch stars Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly sitting in lawn chairs and talking for 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 10, 2008
Add watching The Promotion to the Geneva Conventions' list of humanitarian abuses.
June 13, 2008
The Promotion tries for the dry, low-key vibe of Election, but its humor is not so much dry as evaporated.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 1, 2008
Saying The Promotion's tone is all wrong would imply that it had a tone to begin with.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 10, 2008
the entire enterprise has fallen short of its muddled ambitions.
June 14, 2008
Tone and pace are absolutely crucial to comedy. If the tone is wrong or the pace is off - by even a hair - the comedy will shrivel up and die. And that's precisely what happens in The Promotion.
June 12, 2008
A nasty-hearted little film, and in absolutely the worst way for a film to be nasty: it is absolutely convinced of its own warm spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
June 2, 2008
Muted bits of slapstick and verbal insults arrive with more clunkers than zingers, but the performances are adequate and the tone sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 5, 2008
The film is so restrained and deadpan that it barely seems alive
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 13, 2008
Total and forgettable and unforgivable blandness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 5, 2008
If you think latent racism is just plain hysterical.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 9, 2008
"The Promotion" needs some career counseling to figure out just what it really wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 13, 2008
The acting, not Steve Conrad's bland writing and uneven pacing, drives this low-key, mildly amusing, occasionally insightful workplace satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
June 20, 2008
Fizzles as a comedy and as an exploration of the stresses of work.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
June 6, 2008
Easily the worst movie I've seen so far this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
June 6, 2008
It's a little pat and shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2008
The Promotion edges toward some pretty bleak stuff. Then it steps back and laughs, like an office slacker.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 12, 2008
The portrayal of employment in America is too close for comfort. Or comedy...Not the stuff of lighthearted summer comedy.
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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