It's just too bad Eastern Promises, on the whole, promises more than it delivers.
| Original Score: 3/5
Perhaps the director set the bar so high with A History of Violence that there was no way he could equal it with Eastern Promises, but for him to fall so far short is nothing less than criminal.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
While this isn't a terrible movie, compared to A History of Violence or any of Cronenberg's earlier films, it's a huge disappointment.
| Original Score: 6/10
Barbershop throat slitting, nude macho wrestling and eye gouging in a bathhouse, and far too willing underage Ukrainian sex slaves. A double vodka, please.
Eastern Promises, a sleek, stylish thriller about slavery within the seedy underworld of the Russian mob in Britain.
Despite the star presence of Viggo Mortensen, David Cronenberg's violent film about the Russian Mafia in London is a disappointment.
Eastern Promises is a routine crime drama that tries to have Anna's humanitarian mission give it an air of nobility.
As bloody good as parts of Eastern Promises are, as a whole it's a bloody mess.
| Original Score: C+
This is a film with a lot of big emotions, but not a lot of big moments.
In his severity, Cronenberg disrupts the audience's immersion in a story that might have become a landmark tale of corruption and conscience...
There seems to be no point to it all other than to craft an unsettling motion picture with some grisly close ups of throats being slit.
This intermittently riveting and atmospheric film nevertheless ends on such a bewilderingly abrupt and unsatisfying note, you wonder if there's a missing reel.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A mediocre crime thriller -- nothing more, nothing less. That it's directed by David Cronenberg is disappointing.
You walk out of Eastern Promises feeling spooked and sullied, as if waking from a noisome dream. "London is to blame," one of the characters declares, but I don't buy it. I blame David Cronenberg.
Eastern Promises is finally conventional, even sentimental.
Offers mostly empty promises.
| Original Score: 2/5
Eastern Promises is a pretty hollow viewing experience. It deals with the ugly life choices facing Eastern immigrants in the West (London) but seems more contrived than truthful.
What it's really about, more than sensitivity for displaced people or social analyses, is violence -- hideous, gruesome, over-the-top violence.
| Original Score: 1/4
...Eastern Promises is intensely anti-dramatic.
| Original Score: C