Promised Land
Promised Land (2013)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 4, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The earnest and well-intentioned Promised Land sports a likable cast, but it also suffers from oversimplified characterizations and a frustrating final act.

Richard Roeper

This is a solid if at times too conventional tale of a classic moral conflict.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Damon and McDormand are terrific as co-workers seeking the same goal, though they see their work from different points of view.

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Jason Bailey

Ultimately, it comes down to the difference between narrative and advocacy, and advocacy (in most cases) isn't terribly dramatic.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

[It's mostly] a well-wrought drama that feels genuine as it goes about spinning a tale worthy of our challenging times.

Tom Long
Detroit News

This isn't a movie about easy fixes, be they personal or political; it's a film about long-term problems.

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J. Olson

Van Sant's direction isn't nearly as flashy as it was in 2009's "Milk," but he provides the right amount of visual propulsion to keep the story moving along.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Promised Land is more effective as an anti-fracking screed than as a drama.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Far too awkward and contrived a drama to change many hearts and minds.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

The road to movie hell is paved with good intentions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
For the most part, this is an engaging and thought-provoking drama with excellent dialogue and complex characters facing complex ethical issues, but it is… More
Julie B
The performances are charming, but the storytelling is a little too tricky.
Chris Weber
Co-written by co-stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski, this is a nicely low-key drama from versatile maverick director Gus Van Sant on an important, but… More
Everett Johnson
**1/2 A few years ago I watched a movie called "Gasland" about natural gas fraking(I think I spelled that right) here in the U.S. Basically when… More
Cynthia S.
5 Stars for Matt Damon; 4 stars for the movie. Matt, great actor, never a letdown. Frances McDormand wonderful. Intelligent script, and really fine performances… More
Manu Gino
What's your price? Great Film! Here's a good little movie. Interesting story, extremely well written, directed and acted. Helicopter shots add to… More