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The Promotion Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 6, 2008
It's one of those off-balance movies that seems searching for the right tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 10, 2008
Add watching The Promotion to the Geneva Conventions' list of humanitarian abuses.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 13, 2008
The Promotion tries for the dry, low-key vibe of Election, but its humor is not so much dry as evaporated.
| Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
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
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 10, 2008
the entire enterprise has fallen short of its muddled ambitions.
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
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.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
June 5, 2008
The film is so restrained and deadpan that it barely seems alive
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
June 13, 2008
Total and forgettable and unforgivable blandness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
June 5, 2008
If you think latent racism is just plain hysterical.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 9, 2008
"The Promotion" needs some career counseling to figure out just what it really wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 20, 2008
Fizzles as a comedy and as an exploration of the stresses of work.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 6, 2008
Easily the worst movie I've seen so far this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 6, 2008
It's a little pat and shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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John Anderson
Washington Post
June 12, 2008
The portrayal of employment in America is too close for comfort. Or comedy...Not the stuff of lighthearted summer comedy.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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