A Promise Reviews

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July 29, 2014
Despite decent performances, a promising dramatic set-up leads to little of real interest.
April 17, 2014
The anguish of the lovers' decade-long separation can't be evoked in a matter of minutes ...
April 17, 2014
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.
April 16, 2014
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.
September 4, 2013
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.
April 3, 2019
Leconte directs this early 19th century love triangle with all the weight and depth of a leisurely ITV afternoon drama.
August 15, 2014
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.
August 4, 2014
The main drawbacks are the grey decorousness of the pacing and visuals, and Richard Madden's unsympathetically flat playing as antihero Fritz.
August 1, 2014
Nonetheless, at its best, it has some of the same qualities as Ophls' [Letter from an Unknown Woman].
August 1, 2014
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.
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