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La Promesse (The Promise) Reviews

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February 21, 2001
A meaningless pseudo-expose of the plight of immigrant workers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 21, 2001
Speaks volumes about how we treat other human beings and what it means to truly grow up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 21, 2012
(The Dardennes') "first" film has attained a special place in the hearts of critics and other viewers. Its reputation has not been exaggerated in the least.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
February 21, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 13, 2013
The Dardennes' film is unfussy and the revelations small but that is why it is so affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 21, 2001
This is a grim morality tale that can't help putting you in someone else's shoes, wondering what you would do if you were in the same situation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 2, 2002
This is a raw, intense, and engaging anatomy of a 15-year-old boy's moral coming of age in a bleak Belgian town.
February 21, 2001
Almost everyone should be able to identify with the wrenching moral quandary facing Igor.
February 21, 2001
Ranks with the great European art-house classics about childhood betrayed and innocence lost.
February 21, 2001
The Dardenne brothers, as shown by their empathic casting, their very choice of theme, have confessed to a burden. They believe in hope.
February 21, 2001
A work of great emotional depth and impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 21, 2001
The conflicts involved are intense and absorbing, proving that compelling moral dilemmas make for the most dramatic cinema.
February 21, 2001
It is an experience I would recommend, if you believe in films that plumb the murkiest depths of the human condition.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 21, 2001
Impressively written and directed by Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 21, 2001
A penetrating coming-of-age story, one that argues that adulthood begins with the emergence of moral convictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 21, 2001
A troubling, offbeat and somewhat downbeat drama with no easy answers, with a stark, realistic style and some very good performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 21, 2001
The film is entirely within the caught-on-the-run tradition of cinema verite, which makes it all the grittier and its conclusion all the more wrenching.
June 30, 2009
The Dardenne brothers feature debut is a stunning achievement, an emotionally powerful coming of age tale, which shows that humanism can prevail in the harshest economic conditions.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 21, 2001
Not for every taste, but definitely an import worth seeking out.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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April 12, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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