100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The actors and the characters merge and form a reality above and apart from the story, and the result is a film that takes us beyond crime and London and the Russian mafia and into the mystifying realms of human nature.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Viggo Mortensen's performance is flat-out brilliant, and this relentlessly dramatic thriller represents a mid-life growth spurt for its director, David Cronenberg.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

Cronenberg and screenwriter Steve Knight masterfully orchestrate an atmosphere of danger and dread for a descent into an underworld inhabited by the Russian mafia in London.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In Eastern Promises, shot to envelop by the great Peter Suschitzky, Cronenberg brings us face to face with the horror of self.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
This is the first time, though, his (Mortensen)performance seemed so much bigger than the film surrounding it. That he manages the feat with so few wasted gestures puts him in line with the greats.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The first must-see adult film of the young fall.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A thoroughly entertaining film by a director at the height of his ability.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The violence here is never in the service of spectacle, always of the story.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Eastern Promises has a compelling story and strong performances to back up what may seem excessive or sensationalistic.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's an academic meditation in underworld-thriller drag -- a movie that looks about as close to a straight-ahead, down-and-dirty genre entertainment as anything the director has made since his exploding-head horror days.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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