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Promised Land Reviews

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November 2, 2017
The result is interesting, well-acted and always watchable, particularly on the ruthless tactics employed to win the day. But it also feels a little simplistic and it's disappointing to see Hollywood formula creeping in right at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 21, 2016
Ultimately, it comes down to the difference between narrative and advocacy, and advocacy (in most cases) isn't terribly dramatic.
April 16, 2016
Van Sant's direction isn't nearly as flashy as it was in 2009's "Milk," but he provides the right amount of visual propulsion to keep the story moving along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 3, 2015
The road to movie hell is paved with good intentions.
November 5, 2013
Damon and Krasinski's script isn't completely solid, but it follows a believably wayward path to a lovely, muted ending.
June 18, 2013
An engaging film about the dangers of fracking and the crass manipulation employed by its proponents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 13, 2013
The film never makes a convincing argument against fracking, probably because it's too busy being cloying.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 7, 2013
Gus Van Sant's Promised Land is an engaging performance-driven drama that works more often than not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 27, 2013
... Van Sant's eye and sense of poetry no doubt elevate what's essentially an updated Frank Capra story ...
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
April 25, 2013
'You can't make natural gas from shale without fracking' doesn't quite have the same ring to it as 'You can't start a fire without a spark'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2013
The pro-environment message here is more effective because of the film's subtlety, a casting twist featuring the likeable Matt Damon, and a script that doesn't insult its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 21, 2013
There are some good scenes early on, and the conflict at the centre is real. But it's sentimental, Capraesque fare ...
April 19, 2013
underwhelming at best
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 19, 2013
Thee film-makers' sincerity so indisputable, that Promised Land never entirely spins off the rails. It's hard to swallow, but easy to digest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 19, 2013
Hydraulic fracturing might not be the most compelling subject for a movie, but it provides a topical backdrop for this engaging drama about ethics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 19, 2013
A gentle rather than dramatic film that, once the central argument is laid out, lacks real flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 18, 2013
A flawed but watchable eco-drama - heavily indebted to a wittier anti-corporate movie, Local Hero, made 30 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 18, 2013
Van Sant is no Frank Capra, so why is he trying so hard to be?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 18, 2013
Not confident or bolshy enough about the subject, too aware of eco versus economic pros and cons ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 18, 2013
The latest film from Gus Van Sant is a thought-provoking and emotionally engaging smalltown drama with a strong script and a terrific central performance from co-writer Matt Damon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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