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.

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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Sarah Ward
Concrete Playground

Such an awful chapter of history doesn't need to be packaged as a grand romance to evoke an emotional reaction.

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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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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Equal parts romantic period piece and pointed historical drama. It's also a film with emotional power to go with strong storytelling, sure to haunt the hearts and minds of those who watch it.

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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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Johanna Schneller
Globe and Mail

Noble intentions can't disguise their epic failure: The love story fails to ignite.

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John Lui
The Straits Times (Singapore)

A couple of scenes depict the massacre directly, but there is an absence of the kind of detail that brings the scene to horrifying life.

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