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Promised Land Reviews

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April 17, 2013
A compelling glimpse into a world of corporate chicanery where unscrupulous business giants casually toss decent chaps like Butler into the fray to take the, er, frack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 17, 2013
The film means well, it just doesn't stir the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
April 15, 2013
Northern Exposure with Jason Bourne. Which is a backhanded way of saying this is far from the challenging movie it promised to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 15, 2013
Feels more Hollywoodland than 'Promised Land'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 14, 2013
Quietly powerful, this has a fine cast and yet it's very much Damon's movie, as he delivers his finest, most subtly nuanced performance yet and, remarkably, actually allows himself to look, ahem, older.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 12, 2013
As a slice of rural Americana, Promised Land works. Then it turns into sticky apple pie, leaving only the feeling that you've been had.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 26, 2013
An earnest, fundamentally likeable film which challenges us to question what we're told rather than calling us to arms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 22, 2013
Worth taking seriously, but hamstrung by avoiding larger political issues and coming down to a matter of individual conscience.
Full Review | Original Score: 62/100
March 14, 2013
Its quiet nature may give it longer legs over time, slipping its way into cable viewing, but it'll have to reach way beyond the typically urban Gus Van Sant audience to make the impact it wants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 13, 2013
...neither a firebrand nor a puppyish Oscar-chaser. It's becalmed, downright mellow at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 28, 2013
As schematic as it is, "Promised Land" benefits from the tremendous appeal of its cast.
Full Review | Original Score: **1/2
February 14, 2013
Director Van Sant's heart doesn't appear to be quite in it.
February 8, 2013
Gus Van Sant's fracking drama pits Matt Damon's energy executive against John Krasinski's eco-dreamboat in a battle for the minds of backwater farmers and the heart of Rosemarie DeWitt's moony schoolma'am.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 4, 2013
The makers of Promised Land clearly object to fracking but attempt, not always successfully, to explore the issue without stacking the deck in favor of its viewpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 2, 2013
In attempting to make 'Promised Land' more than a simple diatribe about the evils of fracking, director Gus Van Sant ('Good Will Hunting,' 'Milk') oddly makes the story seem less authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 17, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 14, 2013
Promised Land is harmless but not compelling enough to warrant major attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 14, 2013
... leaves little doubt which side it supports in terms of the drilling debate, but the predictable approach of this clumsy redemption story makes its impact less convincing.
January 14, 2013
Touching and believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 11, 2013
The end result is simply a fracking mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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