The Promised Land

critic Reviews

, 96% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Mads Mikkelson leads us through the savage terrain of The Promised Land with a glimmer of hope in this epic Nordic tale with Western bones.
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    Tara BradyIrish Times
    The anti-immigrant and Romani sentiment expressed by Danes in 1755, although tinged with superstition, sounds eerily familiar. Mostly, though, The Promised Land, in common with its hero, ploughs a furrow as a rough-hewn costumed adventure.

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    Sergio Burstein Los Angeles Times
    The only problem here is that the whole ends up feeling a bit didactic and leaning towards the narrative style of Hollywood simplicity, yet does not take away from the power of a film that definitely deserves to be seen. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Tom ShoneTimes (UK)
    The Promised Land builds like a glacier or rock formation — and it delivers.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    If every scene doesn’t land with maximum impact, Mikkelsen nonetheless remains the film’s MVP and an actor who can somehow galvanise an entire movie with a plethora of commanding, often wordless, close-ups.
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    Ed PowerDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Western fans and connoisseurs of mid-budget European cinema don’t typically have much on which they can agree. The Promised Land builds a bridge between the two and makes the crossing entirely worthwhile.
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    Jonathan RomneyFinancial Times
    Notwithstanding the occasional periwig, it resembles those epic oaters once directed by the likes of John Ford or Anthony Mann, with bursts of violence that are closer to Sam Peckinpah.
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    Barbara GoslawskiExclaim!
    In its interrogation of civilization versus barbarism, the film provides penetrating insight on the nature of true savagery.
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    Sarah VincentSarah G Vincent Views
    In “The Promised Land,” the countercultural twist is that when the gunslinger protects others’ family, he betrays and endangers himself.
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    Pablo O. ScholzClarín
    The script, which adapts Ida Jessen's 2020 historical novel, is incisive... [Full review in Spanish]
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    Sebastian Zavala KahnMe gusta el cine
    A thrilling historical drama that works on a visceral, intellectual and emotional level, and that immerses us in a world that feels very foreign, but that in several aspects, unfortunately, is still very similar to ours. Full review in Spanish.
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