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The Promise Reviews

September 5, 2017
Terry George ... proved with Hotel Rwanda that he can tackle the wrenching subject of genocide with thrilling cinematic results. A wonderful cast adds no-fail polish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2017
A sprawling, '60s-style epic with just enough political intrigue to prop up the occasionally wobbly romantic triangle formed by Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, and an uncharacteristically ill-fitting Christian Bale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 21, 2017
You have to swallow some inadequacies to get the most out of The Promise. It is appealingly photographed and boasts some stunning location work, yet it's also saddled with the tone of a biblical epic, invisibly watermarked with the label important.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 21, 2017
The Promise is drenched in production value and replete with ravishing shots of sunrises and sunsets, but it's in the scenes of fleeing, of battle, and of horrendous loss that the film is at its most effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2017
Despite its flaws, it's important that it was made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2017
Director Terry George delivers a scalding dramatization of the Ottoman Empire's 1915 genocidal annihilation of its Armenian citizens, and then dulls it with a soapy, invented love triangle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 21, 2017
Noble intentions can't disguise their epic failure: The love story fails to ignite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2017
"The Promise" should have been priority viewing, but it's all over the place, taking on the Armenian Genocide, journalism ethics, foreign diplomacy and a host of other weighty topics.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 20, 2017
With seemingly all the right pieces, it's a disappointment that "The Promise" lacks the energy and originality needed to sustain itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 20, 2017
Yes, The Promise veers into corny territory, and yes, it's derivative of better war romances - but it's a solid and sobering reminder of the atrocities of war, bolstered by strong performances from Isaac and Bale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 20, 2017
Although at times overwrought and overtly manipulative, the film as a whole is like a kick to the gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
April 20, 2017
What The Promise lacks in subtlety and sophistication, it makes up for in the visceral potency of its imagery.
April 20, 2017
A well-executed and reasonably engrossing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 20, 2017
Attempting to make an atrocity palatable to a mainstream audience, "The Promise" delivers the history, but undercuts its impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 20, 2017
The historical context renders the fictional story trivial, while the fictional story keeps the audience removed from the history. We end up with an unimportant movie about important events.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 20, 2017
George follows the classic playbook of sweeping, ambitious historical epics. With superb old-style craftsmanship, he has us watching portentous moments unfold from the perspective of individuals whose fate concerns us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 20, 2017
Weighed down by the worthiness of its intentions, "The Promise" is a big, barren wartime romance that approaches the Armenian genocide with too much calculation and not nearly enough heat.
April 20, 2017
Even when showing atrocity up close, "The Promise" rarely makes us feel as if we're doing anything more than watching from a distance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 20, 2017
A classic war picture whose worthy message gets swallowed nearly whole by broad strokes storytelling and stock romantic melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 20, 2017
George tries his best to give the film an epic sweep, but he substitutes quantity of plot threads for quality of story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 20, 2017
It's unfair to critique such an utterly sincere film that does contain some riveting action and acting and even might inspire some to learn more about this moment in history, but unfortunately, the story just doesn't live up to its grand ambitions.
April 20, 2017
What does a movie that can't even mount a competent horse chase-despite repeated attempts-have to say about the murder of 1.5 million people?
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 20, 2017
The movie's an epic, but the characters are human-scaled; their desperate actions are refreshingly un-aestheticized.
April 18, 2017
This well-meaning epic about a rarely-dramatized tragedy -- the Armenian genocide coinciding with World War I -- operates from the same sweep-with-suds playbook that's turned many an important historical subject into facile timeline melodrama.
April 18, 2017
Clumsily wedges a romantic triangle into the gritty story of the Armenian genocide ... never really gives you much reason to care about the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
January 30, 2017
It's a brutal war film, but it returns over and over to its ultimately unsatisfying romantic plot.
January 30, 2017
Over nearly two hours, the opulence gives way to looted and burned homes and shops, fatal marches to the Syrian desert and a wrenching struggle to hold on to family and tradition.
January 30, 2017
This will not enjoy the critical support given to George's Hotel Rwanda; compared to that flawed but affecting picture, this one looks like it was stamped by a cookie cutter.
September 13, 2016
This fictional love story is an epic bore.