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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 43 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Director Gus Van Sant finds the human side of a knotty issue. No polemics. Just the face of a new America in crisis. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Promised Land is a fine place to start appreciating Matt Damon, who always makes it seem as if everybody else is acting and he's just going through the movie being natural. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Promised Land is an involving and timely tale that explores the changing nature and complex challenges of rural life. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    There's also reason to worry when a simplistic movie like this one takes on an issue of overarching importance to the nation's future. The challenges presented by fracking are immense, and Capra-esque nostalgia isn't helpful. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Promised Land is a frustrating film to watch. It should be better than this, smarter than this. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Krasinki's soft-sell script, lets the movie's ideas get absorbed without grandstanding or pretension. Its issues go down with a smile and common sense, which turns out to be exactly the right formula. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Promised Land presents its environmental concerns in a clear, upfront manner but hits some narrative and character bumps in the second half that weaken the impact of this fundamentally gentle, sympathetic work. show more

  • 80
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    Though the film eventually caves to sentiment and stereotype, its alert performances and muted rhythms offer much to enjoy in the interim. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    The characters drive this story, not ideology. Damon and McDormand are terrific as co-workers seeking the same goal, though they see their work from different points of view. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Van Sant moves easily from dreamy, impressionistic narratives to conventional, less stylized storytelling, and he does the latter job well in Promised Land. show more

  • August 05, 2013 headleit
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    promised land\\ \\ .......

  • July 08, 2013 stevecono
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    Matt Damon must have owed a big favor to star in this half truth, surpy no where. boring charactor actors. Pass

  • January 22, 2013 jk00000000135816
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    A very entertaining and thought provoking film that protrays the difficult ethical and moral struggles citizens in Anywhere, US must face when the landman comes to town. Many will be able to relate to such struggles. Well worth seeing again!

  • January 21, 2013 joyceand
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    Quite good! Matt Damon and Frances McDormand are sent by a conglomerate to dupe the residents of a farm town into allowing the company to \"frack\" for natural gas in their town. John Krasinski is an anvironmentalist trying to thwart their efforts. Great acting, drama, and a twist ending.

  • January 20, 2013 tipka
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    This movie is filled with half-truths and the rest is outright lies. Avoid seeing it

  • January 19, 2013 kaufmommy
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    Frightening to see what the companies will do just to get money. Worth seeing for the information.

  • January 12, 2013 wq00000000135677
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    I can\'t help feel that some important things were left out of this the fact that it was financed by Abu Dhabi...I think it will be a long time until i see another Damon movie, I liked him so much more in the Mr. Ripley flick.

  • January 11, 2013 amcfreak
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    We saw it today. It was a nice movie...a little predictable and we gave it 3 stars.

  • January 08, 2013 rlestrocky
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    I vote with my dollars - I would never go to a Matt Damon movie

  • January 08, 2013 Bill Millico
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    I guess when Hollywood produces a film they are granted poetic license but, please....fabricating the whole matter does a disservice to them and the oil industry as well.


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