• Released
  • December 28, 2012
  • (Limited; Expands Wide 01/04/13)
  • R , 2 hr 1 min
  • Drama
  • 528 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A representative for a natural-gas company tries to secure drilling rights in a small town.

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Critic Ratings

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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Urgent, heartfelt, and not-quite-as-predictable-as-you-think environmental rabble-rouser.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Krasinki's soft-sell script, lets the movie's ideas get absorbed without grandstanding or pretension. Its issues go down with a smile and...
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80

NPR

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Though the film eventually caves to sentiment and stereotype, its alert performances and muted rhythms offer much to enjoy in the interim.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Promised Land is a fine place to start appreciating Matt Damon, who always makes it seem as if everybody else is acting and he's just going...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Director Gus Van Sant finds the human side of a knotty issue. No polemics. Just the face of a new America in crisis.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Promised Land is an involving and timely tale that explores the changing nature and complex challenges of rural life.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's a fine line between interesting characters and "Northern Exposure" quirk, but the movie mostly stays on the right side of it.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Promised Land presents its environmental concerns in a clear, upfront manner but hits some narrative and character bumps in the second half...
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
There's also reason to worry when a simplistic movie like this one takes on an issue of overarching importance to the nation's future. The...
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Promised Land is a frustrating film to watch. It should be better than this, smarter than this.
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Rated R | For Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Low-key "issues" drama has some strong language, drinking.
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