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Promised Land Reviews

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Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
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
Emma Simmonds
The List
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
Dan Jardine
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
Dave White
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
Rob Gonsalves
March 13, 2013
...neither a firebrand nor a puppyish Oscar-chaser. It's becalmed, downright mellow at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
February 28, 2013
As schematic as it is, "Promised Land" benefits from the tremendous appeal of its cast.
Full Review | Original Score: **1/2
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
February 14, 2013
Director Van Sant's heart doesn't appear to be quite in it.
Andrew Pulver
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
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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
Dan Lybarger
MovieMaker Magazine
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
Diana Saenger
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
Todd Jorgenson
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.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
January 14, 2013
Touching and believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 11, 2013
The end result is simply a fracking mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Stuckmann
January 10, 2013
While Damon and Krasinski have penned likable, real characters, the story surrounding them is only sporadically compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jackie K. Cooper
January 9, 2013
A one sided look at the argument against drilling for natural gas; Damon needs to entertain and stay off his soapbox.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Kirk Honeycutt
January 7, 2013
A dishonest film about duplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
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