Promised Land Synopsis
A representative for a natural-gas company tries to secure drilling rights in a small town.
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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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More than an Environmentalist Manifesto

By pedsarq
It's about a small town that becomes the target of a natural gas company and is on the brink of selling itself for millions. The problem is, the small town is beautiful and it's home. Will all that...

Promised Landing To DVD

By Darkola
Matt Damon, as always, did a great job in this movie, he never seems to disappoint with his acting, no matter what role is thrown at him, and the story itself is a good story about a company coming...

Terrible

By fun-at-the-movies
This movie is soooo boring and preachy - obviously the movie makers had an agenda and didn't really care about much else - Damon is so BAD and the rest of the cast is sleep walking- probably Damon's...

Promised Land

By cathysoza
Once again, Damon gives his all, well-paced, full speed ahead performance. The film's theme is near and dear to my heart, since I was born and raised in small San Joaquin Valley cow and crop farm...

Promised Land - a Flop

By JUNIEBME
Very boring, can't find anything really good to say about the movie and to me it is quite misleading as to what the plot is suppose to represent... save you're money.....

Uhhhh... what ?

By shaqoneal
I honestly could not find a solid 10 mins or more in this movie to be "fufilling" or even somewhat entertaining. All jokes were predictable and the funniest stuff was the pickup line in the bar (which...

Plot thin

By revclaus
One of those activist movies (don't get me wrong, I'm an activist too!), but it wasn't interesting enough to suit me. I love Matt Damon, but I think his talents were wasted on this one....

Too many cliches

By DCLaxfan
Promised Land is a good movie for understanding the many sides of the natural gas fracking issue. Unfortunately, the movie is laced with cliches, from the big bad corporate entity to the frumpy old...

Don't waste your money on this film.

By Yeller Dawg
Your seeing this movie in previews on television and in theater trailers and wondering what is about? Well here, I will sum it up for you. It is about big business's trying to move into a community...

A complex morality tale

By Mark1271
The Promised Land could have been an environmentalist vs corporations film, but Matt Damon made one for thinkers. Damon's character is "a good man" who tries to do good. He also portrays a...

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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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