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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
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
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 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 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 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
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
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 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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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 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
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