Eastern Promises Synopsis
A man (Viggo Mortensen) with ties to a crime family in London crosses paths with a young midwife.
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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...
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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...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Cronenberg and screenwriter Steve Knight masterfully orchestrate an atmosphere of danger and dread for a descent into an underworld...
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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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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...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The first must-see adult film of the young fall.
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San Francisco Chronicle

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

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

By Daydream
There is solid acting in this film. Viggo steals the movie with an amazing performance. Watts shows what shes got as well. This is a great Russian Mafia movie with scenes that make you move in your...

Mortensen and Watts makes a "Very" Eastern Promise!

By TotallyMovies
Just got out of the screening at the Arclight Hollywood. First of all, if you are a fan for Mortensen and Watts, it's a "must go". Interesting plot and can't really say to much being that the movie...

Another mob flick to add to your collection.

By ForlornSky
The movie begins with an event that sparks the series of events that occur during the movie. The cast all did a great job on their parts. The story line was amazingly put together. It's a movie for...

A action movie without guns and explosions......IT WAS FANTASTIC

By BobbyDEE
I went to this movie having no real expectations, now be warned this movie is violent and a bit gritty but in that fact it is wonderful. Also once the movie ended I realized that there was no...


By leigh01
Wanted to like this film so much. Great cast, set in my home town of london, and a great director. The truth is the plot is extremely dark and depressing (14 year old rape victim who dies giving...

Viggo is amazing

By katmat35
You know...I could go on and on about the complex and gripping plot and how fair Naomi Watts is in this picture, but you know what????....the bottom line for me was that Viggo is completely nekkid in...

oh please...

By truereviews
Please somebody save us!!! I'm sick of these really tacky male frontal scenes, why do they spring them on us like that? From American History X, to this nonsense of a terribly cast movie. These...

Unfulfilled promises

By Igotothemoviesalot
Another movie that almost got it but missed. A Russian teen dies during birth in London leaving a mysterious diary behind. A man gets murdered. The Russian mafia is involved. An uncle who could...

Eastern Promises

By BobinSF
Viggo Mortenson has emerged as a truly great actor. This is flawless gangster noir. The Turkish bath scene trumps joins the ranks of the most heart stopping fight climaxes ever created. Naomi...

A Russian Godfather

In London, an innocent crosses paths with a patriarch of a Russian family whose business is shall we say, cash only. It is a Russian Godfather complete with a wise strong patriarch, a deeply flawed...

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Rated R | For strong brutal and bloody violence, some graphic sexuality, language and nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Compelling but brutal mafia film for adults only.
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