Eastern Promises Reviews

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Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Quite possibly the best film of the year, it is to be seen at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Gorber
Filmfest
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."
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
October 23, 2009
Even if the frequently low-key plot suffers from the occasional sleepy stretch, Mortensen turns in a magnificent performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Late-period Cronenberg masterpiece
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
Mortensen is very convincing as Nikolai, and his Russian accent is impeccable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
This is my favorite David Cronenberg film to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
...a Godfather for a new culture and era.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 2, 2008
David Cronenberg proves he doesn't have to use violence to tell a good story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 1, 2008
If you're a fan of crime flicks, Viggo Mortensen or director David Cronenberg, this movie is sure to give you what you want.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 4, 2008
Surprising and rather suspenseful crime drama and the perfect follow-up from the director who composes a pleasing violent moral duality tale...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 16, 2007
Though not as subtle, complex, or personal as History of Violence, Cronenberg's new film is a grim, taut, well-crafted crimer about the Russian mafia in London, as close to a genre picture as helmer has ever done.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Derek Malcolm
This is London
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stuart McGurk
thelondonpaper
October 26, 2007
An orgy of slit throats, lopped digits and a naked fight scene that will tattoo itself on to your brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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