Critic Reviews for Promises
Too sincere to exploit its subjects and too honest to manipulate its audience.
A gripping documentary that reveals how deep the antagonism lies in war-torn Jerusalem.
What's so extraordinary about this Oscar-nominated work is that it shows us that conflict through the eyes of seven bright, funny, thoughtful kids, ages 9 to 13, on both sides.
Beautifully crafted and brutally honest, Promises offers an unexpected window into the complexities of prejudice.
Every individual will see the movie through the prism of his or her own beliefs and prejudices, but the one thing most will take away is the sense that peace is possible. That, in itself, is extraordinary.
Audience Reviews for Promises
It ran a bit too long, but it was very eye-opening. (What a vapid sentence. You can tell that I need to take a shower and get to bed when that's all I can say about a massively meaningful and powerful movie like this.)
It's overly long for the story that it is, and some interviews are rather pointless, but it shares many important messages and one grows to love and support the children. 65%
By the end, the children are fleshed out and endearingly likable, and their opinions are eye-opening and well realized by the filmmakers. Unfortunately, Promises is undone by a bloated running time and a over-dependence on dull interviews and voiceovers.
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