Promised Land
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Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk). Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company's expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

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"This is a solid if at times too conventional tale of a classic moral conflict."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Damon and McDormand are terrific as co-workers seeking the same goal, though they see their work from different points of view."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Damon and Krasinski's script isn't completely solid, but it follows a believably wayward path to a lovely, muted ending."
‑ Kent Jones, Film Comment Magazine
"Gus Van Sant's Promised Land is an engaging performance-driven drama that works more often than not."
‑ Jeremy Lebens, We Got This Covered
"The pro-environment message here is more effective because of the film's subtlety, a casting twist featuring the likeable Matt Damon, and a script that doesn't insult its audience."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"[It's mostly] a well-wrought drama that feels genuine as it goes about spinning a tale worthy of our challenging times."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"This isn't a movie about easy fixes, be they personal or political; it's a film about long-term problems."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"An engaging film about the dangers of fracking and the crass manipulation employed by its proponents."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"... Van Sant's eye and sense of poetry no doubt elevate what's essentially an updated Frank Capra story ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"There are some good scenes early on, and the conflict at the centre is real. But it's sentimental, Capraesque fare ..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Promised Land is more effective as an anti-fracking screed than as a drama."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Far too awkward and contrived a drama to change many hearts and minds."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The film never makes a convincing argument against fracking, probably because it's too busy being cloying."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"'You can't make natural gas from shale without fracking' doesn't quite have the same ring to it as 'You can't start a fire without a spark'."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"underwhelming at best"
‑ Bill Gibron, Film Racket
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