Eastern Promises Reviews

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June 5, 2019
An intricate and mesmerizing thriller, featuring stellar performances (especially by Mortensen, who gives the bravest performance of his career) and an excellent script by Steven Knight
October 12, 2018
Despite the problems with the characterisations, Cronenberg's portentous, withholding camera creates a compelling tension around Watts and Mortensen's love/hate scenes.
August 23, 2018
Such are the actual subtleties of Mortensen's performance - the odd sardonic smile; the slight tightening of a look - you're aware, from the off, that what he is on the outside might not have anything to do with what he is on the inside.
October 2, 2017
Eastern Promises is a fascinating case of a film made under the intense gaze of a supreme auteur and written by the separate but equally potent hand of a writer.
August 24, 2017
Knight throws in a twist that scrambles the movie's moral compass so late in the game, so perfunctorily and so pointlessly, as to render any final reckoning incoherent.
July 14, 2011
Quite possibly the best film of the year, it is to be seen at all costs.
September 25, 2010
David Cronenberg's spin on "The Departed," in which lawmen and the lawless were similarly tested within an ethnic mafia's ranks. But where that became an overwrought bloodbath, "Promises" maintained a vicious focus on mob malevolence and personal peril.
September 2, 2010
"It starts very well, and we're immediately drawn into this world of dead pregnant teens, the Russian mob, the hermeneutics of tattoos and the archetypal disappointment of a father with his son."
July 6, 2010
A captivating and intimidating presence, Mortenson is simply striking in his consecutive Cronenberg film, playing the slick Russian mob figure who suffers from a crisis of conscience with equal parts calm and intensity.
June 10, 2010
Clearly a companion piece to (and just as good as, if not better than) 2005's fantastic A History of Violence, Eastern Promises is all about blood, in the familial as well as the literal sense.
October 23, 2009
Even if the frequently low-key plot suffers from the occasional sleepy stretch, Mortensen turns in a magnificent performance.
August 27, 2009
Late-period Cronenberg masterpiece
February 2, 2009
David Cronenberg is a director who sets out to bring life (and death) back to violence. In Eastern Promises he does just that. It is a movie that will make audiences squirm and look away.
October 18, 2008
Mortensen is very convincing as Nikolai, and his Russian accent is impeccable.
May 3, 2008
Un ejemplo de cine negro contemporáneo realizado y narrado con gran precisión. Excelente elenco donde se destaca la notable labor de Viggo Mortensen.
May 1, 2008
Eastern Promises has a lot going for it, which makes it all the more disappointing when the story takes a fatal turn towards the end.
March 3, 2008
This is my favorite David Cronenberg film to date.
February 28, 2008
...a Godfather for a new culture and era.
February 22, 2008
Poderia perfeitamente ter se revelado um thriller absolutamente convencional caso não tivesse, a seu favor, dois elementos importantíssimos: a direção segura e intrigante de David Cronenberg e, claro, a performance hipnótica de Viggo Mortensen.
February 22, 2008
Despite Viggo's total gorgeousness, a nude fight-for-his-life in a steam room has all the titillation of a butcher throwing down a slab of meat.
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