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Eastern Promises Reviews

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-
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 1, 2007
It's just too bad Eastern Promises, on the whole, promises more than it delivers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 22, 2007
Here is an excellent crime thriller made with grown-ups in mind.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2007
...manages to blend the clashing of cultures, family resentment, ugly heritage and the unlikely promise of new life without going in circles.
September 21, 2007
Eastern Promises is a straightforward, straight-up Russian gangster movie whose primary achievement is making the Russian gangster underworld feel exotic and menacing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2007
...Eastern Promises is as honorable an entertainment as it is a humbling work of art.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 20, 2007
Suffice it to say it's a bit of primal brutality that lays bare the animal in each of us, fighting to survive.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 20, 2007
It's a mouthful of blood with a vodka chaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 20, 2007
Eastern Promises is a subtle and precisely calibrated work of astonishing cumulative power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 19, 2007
I cannot easily recommend these delights to everyone, but my high regard for Mr. Cronenberg's stylistic virtues remains largely undiminished.
September 18, 2007
Eastern Promises is shockingly gorgeous, for all the ugliness it portrays.
September 15, 2007
Cronenberg has become such an assured director that it's a pleasure to sit back and hand yourself over to his sick and singular vision.
September 15, 2007
[A] chilly, masterful thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 15, 2007
[Viggo Mortensen] lends a moral complexity to Eastern Promises that makes it much more than just a very accomplished action thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 15, 2007
If you don't mind bloodshed and are drawn to taut thrillers with fascinating characters portrayed skillfully, Eastern Promises is just the ticket.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 15, 2007
This is Mortensen and Cronenberg's second collaboration -- the first was A History of Violence -- and it's turning into a beautiful friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2007
A movie whose images and implications are likely to stay in your head for a long time.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 14, 2007
An engrossing, politically conscious thriller with superior acting that doesn't reveal how little it's up to until it whiffs to a close.
Read More | Original Score: B
September 14, 2007
[Cronenberg's] most straightforward and accessible movie since The Fly.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2007
Eastern Promises is the first must-see adult film of the young fall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2007
Expertly realized and gunmetal slick, Eastern Promises whirs along with perfect efficiency, but doesn't stir much in the way of visceral horror despite its penchant for treating the human body like a chicken carcass on a block.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2007
What it's really about, more than sensitivity for displaced people or social analyses, is violence -- hideous, gruesome, over-the-top violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 14, 2007
The film's genius performance belongs to the venerable Armin Mueller-Stahl, who plays the family head with a twinkling eye and an air of avuncular, Old World charm.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 14, 2007
David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises plays like a companion piece to his overrated A History of Violence.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 14, 2007
A film that takes us beyond crime and London and the Russian mafia and into the mystifying realms of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 14, 2007
David Cronenberg's follow-up to A History of Violence lacks the theoretical dimension of its predecessor, but it's no less masterful in its fluid storytelling and shocking choreography of violence.
September 14, 2007
In Eastern Promises, David Cronenberg's hellacious new Russian mob movie, Viggo Mortensen finally comes of age as an actor and a movie star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 14, 2007
Mortensen delivers yet another startling performance, stunning in its intensity and cunning in its ambiguity.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2007
Eastern Promises, a chilly character thriller set in the Russian underworld of London, has elements of murder mystery and gangster melodrama. But in director David Cronenberg's hands, it's a search for moral bearing in a dark and desperate world.
September 13, 2007
A thriller can lead us into the fascinating intricacy of a criminal subculture, and Eastern Promises does that with the globalized Russian Mob.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 13, 2007
Whether in cloaked repose or naked defense, Mortensen dares you to take your eyes off of him.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 11, 2007
I've said it before and hope to again: David Cronenberg is the most provocative, original, and consistently excellent North American director of his generation.
September 11, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
September 10, 2007
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.
September 10, 2007
Eastern Promises is finally conventional, even sentimental.
September 10, 2007
Cronenberg's latest is as engrossing as it is creepy.
September 10, 2007
It's a very, very strong film, [but] a little tough to watch sometimes.
September 10, 2007
Eastern Promises instantly takes its place among David Cronenberg's very best films.
September 7, 2007
Menacingly brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
September 6, 2007
Sure, it's just a crime thriller, yet a genre flick by Cronenberg is always a different sort of beast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2007
How like David Cronenberg -- the master of body horror as a path to the soul -- to begin his mesmerizing power-punch of a thriller with a hemorrhage.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4