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Eastern Promises Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's just too bad Eastern Promises, on the whole, promises more than it delivers.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

October 1, 2007
James Berardinelli
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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.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

September 11, 2007

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.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 3/5

May 1, 2008
Edward Douglas

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

September 10, 2007
Prairie Miller

Barbershop throat slitting, nude macho wrestling and eye gouging in a bathhouse, and far too willing underage Ukrainian sex slaves. A double vodka, please.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

November 13, 2007
Matt Yeager

Eastern Promises, a sleek, stylish thriller about slavery within the seedy underworld of the Russian mob in Britain.

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October 22, 2007
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

Despite the star presence of Viggo Mortensen, David Cronenberg's violent film about the Russian Mafia in London is a disappointment.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

October 26, 2007
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Eastern Promises is a routine crime drama that tries to have Anna's humanitarian mission give it an air of nobility.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews

September 14, 2007
Alex Markerson
E! Online

As bloody good as parts of Eastern Promises are, as a whole it's a bloody mess.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C+

September 14, 2007
Ryan Stewart

This is a film with a lot of big emotions, but not a lot of big moments.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

September 22, 2007
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today

In his severity, Cronenberg disrupts the audience's immersion in a story that might have become a landmark tale of corruption and conscience...

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: C+

September 19, 2007
Jordan Hiller

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

December 6, 2007
Timothy Knight

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

September 14, 2007
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

A mediocre crime thriller -- nothing more, nothing less. That it's directed by David Cronenberg is disappointing.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2/4

September 16, 2007
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

September 10, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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Eastern Promises is finally conventional, even sentimental.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

September 10, 2007
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine

Offers mostly empty promises.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

September 11, 2007
Armond White
New York Press

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.

Full Review Source: New York Press

September 13, 2007
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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What it's really about, more than sensitivity for displaced people or social analyses, is violence -- hideous, gruesome, over-the-top violence.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

September 14, 2007
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

...Eastern Promises is intensely anti-dramatic.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: C

September 21, 2007
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