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All Critics (23)
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After a while, I didn't know where to look. Anywhere but at the screen.
Despite decent performances, a promising dramatic set-up leads to little of real interest.
The anguish of the lovers' decade-long separation can't be evoked in a matter of minutes ...
The actors are smoothly professional and the production feels polished. But it's hard to recommend a romance without passion, no matter how pretty it looks.
The magnetism between these stiff nonstarters wouldn't stick to a fridge, especially when the war-ex-machina forces them apart for years but the only credible passing of time is our own.
This awkward, passionless drama conveys neither the sensuality nor the drawn-out sense of longing required by its period tale of a young secretary who falls in love with his employer's wife.
Though by no means an unbearable watch, A Promise is almost as much an exercise in patience for its viewers as it is for Friedrich and Lotte.
The main drawbacks are the grey decorousness of the pacing and visuals, and Richard Madden's unsympathetically flat playing as antihero Fritz.
Nonetheless, at its best, it has some of the same qualities as Ophüls' [Letter from an Unknown Woman].
When a French filmmaker travels to Belgium to film a German story in English, it's hardly surprising that the resulting movie feels somewhat awkward.
The lack of chemistry between Madden and Hall drains the film of energy and their unrequited longing is often unintentionally amusing.
If you only watch one Stefan Zweig-inspired film this year, watch The Grand Budapest Hotel. If you watch two, see The Grand Budapest Hotel twice. Awful.
The on screen chemistry between the two leads is as flat as the rest of the movie. Alan Rickman is its only saving grace in my opinion!
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