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Promised Land Reviews

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Kent Jones
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
Damon and Krasinski's script isn't completely solid, but it follows a believably wayward path to a lovely, muted ending.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
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
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
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
Rich Cline
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
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
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
Matthew Turner
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
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
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
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
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 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
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
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
Diana Saenger
January 17, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
January 14, 2013
Touching and believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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