Eastern Promises
Eastern Promises (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: December 23, 2007
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: David Cronenberg triumphs again, showcasing the Viggo Mortensen's onscreen prowess in a daring performance. Bearing the trademarks of psychological drama and gritty violence, Eastern Promises is a very compelling crime story.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Despite Viggo's total gorgeousness, a nude fight-for-his-life in a steam room has all the titillation of a butcher throwing down a slab of meat.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Here is an excellent crime thriller made with grown-ups in mind.

Robert Koehler
Cinema Scope

Eastern Promises is a fascinating case of a film made under the intense gaze of a supreme auteur and written by the separate but equally potent hand of a writer.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

...manages to blend the clashing of cultures, family resentment, ugly heritage and the unlikely promise of new life without going in circles.

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Mark Asch
Stop Smiling

Knight throws in a twist that scrambles the movie's moral compass so late in the game, so perfunctorily and so pointlessly, as to render any final reckoning incoherent.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's just too bad Eastern Promises, on the whole, promises more than it delivers.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Eastern Promises is a straightforward, straight-up Russian gangster movie whose primary achievement is making the Russian gangster underworld feel exotic and menacing.

Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

Quite possibly the best film of the year, it is to be seen at all costs.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
With A History of Violence in 2005, David Cronenberg seemed to take his career in a more mainstream direction. It wasn't the horror or dark science fiction… More
Eliza Norton
I think a tension in the atmosphere is what was missing from this flickr,still though ,due to the story line can keep you interested.
Alex roy
David Cronenberg being more famous for his body horror films crafts this stunning, riveting thriller with dramatic overtones. With a brilliant cast of actors,… More
xGary Xx
When a young girl dies during childbirth in a London hospital, the midwife tries to find out who she was by having her diary translated leading her to become… More
Christian C
A solid gangster film with some fresh (and some cliched) messages. Viggo Mortensen has an intriguingly reserved performance that added a great deal to the… More
Jens S.
Director David Cronenberg sticks to his phase of ultra-realistic, grim violence films with this story of a ruthless Russian mob family in London. Naomi Watts… More