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Eastern Promises Reviews

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November 13, 2007
Barbershop throat slitting, nude macho wrestling and eye gouging in a bathhouse, and far too willing underage Ukrainian sex slaves. A double vodka, please.
October 26, 2007
Its subtext, which is about sex and violence and the way one often dovetails with the other, and the skill of its making, render it gripping enough.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 26, 2007
An orgy of slit throats, lopped digits and a naked fight scene that will tattoo itself on to your brain.
| Original Score: 4/5
October 26, 2007
Cronenberg is his own master, still ready to throw in the sort of scene few other directors could dare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 26, 2007
Although relentlessly gripping, the film is more interesting than it is satisfying, let down by the script.
October 26, 2007
Despite the star presence of Viggo Mortensen, David Cronenberg's violent film about the Russian Mafia in London is a disappointment.
October 26, 2007
The David Cronenberg-directed movie - which caused outrage this week after being passed uncut by the censors - does not leave anything to the imagination when it comes to death.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 26, 2007
There are interesting scenes, moments, ideas: but Eastern Promises does not have the sinew and boldness of Cronenberg's best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 26, 2007
Very violent but chillingly cool.
October 26, 2007
Accents are as thick as borscht, and vodka flows almost as freely as the blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 26, 2007
Such brutality may be hard to watch, but it's more truthful than most big-screen violence, and it doesn't have the flippancy that so degrades Eli Roth, Tarantino and other purveyors of 'torture porn'.
October 26, 2007
An instant cult classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 26, 2007
It's a role that Mortensen inhabits with great elan. With hair slicked back, a cigarette clamped in the corner of his mouth and a sardonic glint in his eye, he looks as if he's earned every inky stain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 25, 2007
With Oscar season almost upon us, "Eastern Promises" fires the first shot in the race for the golden boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 25, 2007
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Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 24, 2007
A violent taut thriller that explores an entirely different moral universe: Hackney.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 24, 2007
Like the Borscht served on Semyon's Trans-Siberian menu, Promises is filling, flavoursome and full of dead meat. Thanks to its compelling story and a powerful performance by Mortensen, it's also as hard to shake off as one of Nikolai's tattoos.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 24, 2007
Slightly hesitant, slightly undercharacterised and gently compromising, hybrid: an oddly diplomatic, if often brutal, dip into the hellish demi-mondes lurking behind bouncer-guarded London doorways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2007
The immigrant experience takes on a blacker-than-black hue in director David Cronenberg's masterful tale of Russian mafiosa in London.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 24, 2007
Mortensen shines but a contrived, issue-driven plot destabilises what could have been a great Russian gangster movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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