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.
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.
October 18, 2008
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.
October 18, 2008
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.
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.
October 16, 2008
...an odd yet compelling comedy...
July 10, 2008
...sharp and intelligent...
July 1, 2008
Easily one of the freshest, funniest comedies of the year.
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.
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
June 13, 2008
Two regular Joes square off in The Promotion, a sly comedy that finds fresh humor in the workplace.
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.
June 13, 2008
The Promotion has more work-life truth in it than a month of The Office or Dilbert.
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.
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.
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.
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