The Promise
The Promise (2017)

Empires fall, love survives. When Michael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant medical student, meets Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana's… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 21, 2017
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2017
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Consensus: The Promise wastes an outstanding cast and powerful real-life story on a love triangle that frustratingly fails to engage.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

Terry George ... proved with Hotel Rwanda that he can tackle the wrenching subject of genocide with thrilling cinematic results. A wonderful cast adds no-fail polish.

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Glenn Kenny

The Promise is drenched in production value and replete with ravishing shots of sunrises and sunsets, but it's in the scenes of fleeing, of battle, and of horrendous loss that the film is at its most effective.

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Carl Kozlowski
Pasadena Weekly

Those interested in an often-overlooked piece of history, and the resilience of the people who acted against it, will find The Promise to be engaging.

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

A sprawling, '60s-style epic with just enough political intrigue to prop up the occasionally wobbly romantic triangle formed by Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, and an uncharacteristically ill-fitting Christian Bale.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Despite its flaws, it's important that it was made.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

That awkward mix of romance and violence hobbles "The Promise," an otherwise well-intentioned attempt to dramatize the 1915 murder of over one million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

You have to swallow some inadequacies to get the most out of The Promise. It is appealingly photographed and boasts some stunning location work, yet it's also saddled with the tone of a biblical epic, invisibly watermarked with the label important.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Director Terry George delivers a scalding dramatization of the Ottoman Empire's 1915 genocidal annihilation of its Armenian citizens, and then dulls it with a soapy, invented love triangle.

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Al Hoff
Pittsburgh City Paper

The Promise is directed by Terry George, who also helmed Hotel Rwanda, and it's a solid effort.

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"The Promise" tells an important story. The acting and costumes are reasonably good, but it seems as if it might have been a bit watered-down --… More