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Eastern Promises

Rated R for strong brutal and bloody violence, some graphic sexuality, language and nudity.

R In Theaters 09/14/2007 , 100min.
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Critic score based on 35 reviews

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August 04, 2008
Viggo is an amazing actor with a wide range of talent.Eastern Promises is one to be watched several timesbecause of the subtlety of all the actors. Well, the steambath scene too.
August 01, 2008
It is very amazing to find a man who plays his role the way he only knows how to do it. He was great in Eastern Promises, he looked like a really gangster Russian man, and he knew how to keep the attention of people in the movie. However, the most incredible thing that I admire him is not only the good actor that he is, but also the great talent and sensibility that man has. He acts, he writes,
May 22, 2008
1. Vory v Zakone are all in their 80's. They have been replaced by much more violent and more powerful mafia's.2. No one in the movie speaks Russian - or close to understable Russian... A lot of of the time - had to switch he subtitles on to understand... 3. No story line what so ever... 4. Movie only concetrates on tattoos and throat cutting... Which russian mafia's excel in - however - no real
May 22, 2008
Having seen Viggo Mortenson in "A History Of Violence" I know what a wonderful actor he has become. I have not seen "Eastern Promises" yet I intend to, most likely by renting the video. The synopsis intrigues me, so I am eager for it to come out on DVD.P.S. I have just re-rented "A History Of Violence" something I rarely do!!
May 22, 2008
A brilliant and striking film, but too bloody and sadistic for my taste. It isn't entertainment, but it is a near-perfect example of film art.

Critic Reviews powered by Metacritic ™

The Hollywood Reporter
Cronenberg and screenwriter Steve Knight masterfully orchestrate an atmosphere of danger and dread for a descent into an underworld inhabited by the Russian mafia in London. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
The rigor of Mr. Cronenberg's direction sometimes seems at odds with the humanism of Mr. Knight's script, but more often the director's ruthless formal command rescues the story from its maudlin impulses. Mr. Knight aims earnestly for your heartstrings, but Mr. Cronenberg insists on getting under your skin. The result is a movie whose images and implications are likely to stay in your head for a long time. Full Review
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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. (Squeamishness, yes.) Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Eastern Promises has a compelling story and strong performances to back up what may seem excessive or sensationalistic. Full Review
Dana Stevens
David Cronenberg's elegant treatise on the metaphysics of violence. Full Review

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