Eastern Promises
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Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London's most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Headed by Semyon, whose courtly charm as the proprietor of the plush Trans-Siberian restaurant masks a cold and brutal core, the family's fortunes are tested by Semyon's volatile son and enforcer, Kirill, who is more tightly bound to Nikolai than to his own father. But Nikolai's existence is jarred once he crosses paths at Christmastime with Anna Khitrova, a midwife at a North London… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Slightly hesitant, slightly undercharacterised and gently compromising, hybrid: an oddly diplomatic, if often brutal, dip into the hellish demi-mondes lurking behind bouncer-guarded London doorways."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"...manages to blend the clashing of cultures, family resentment, ugly heritage and the unlikely promise of new life without going in circles."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Quite possibly the best film of the year, it is to be seen at all costs."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"A captivating and intimidating presence, Mortenson is simply striking in his consecutive Cronenberg film, playing the slick Russian mob figure who suffers from a crisis of conscience with equal parts calm and intensity."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Late-period Cronenberg masterpiece"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's just too bad Eastern Promises, on the whole, promises more than it delivers."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Eastern Promises is a straightforward, straight-up Russian gangster movie whose primary achievement is making the Russian gangster underworld feel exotic and menacing."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"David Cronenberg's spin on "The Departed," in which lawmen and the lawless were similarly tested within an ethnic mafia's ranks. But where that became an overwrought bloodbath, "Promises" maintained a vicious focus on mob malevolence and personal peril."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Clearly a companion piece to (and just as good as, if not better than) 2005's fantastic A History of Violence, Eastern Promises is all about blood, in the familial as well as the literal sense."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"David Cronenberg is a director who sets out to bring life (and death) back to violence. In Eastern Promises he does just that. It is a movie that will make audiences squirm and look away."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Here is an excellent crime thriller made with grown-ups in mind."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"...Eastern Promises is as honorable an entertainment as it is a humbling work of art."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
""It starts very well, and we're immediately drawn into this world of dead pregnant teens, the Russian mob, the hermeneutics of tattoos and the archetypal disappointment of a father with his son.""
‑ Jason Gorber, Filmfest
"Even if the frequently low-key plot suffers from the occasional sleepy stretch, Mortensen turns in a magnificent performance."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Mortensen is very convincing as Nikolai, and his Russian accent is impeccable."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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