75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
In keeping with that home-team tradition, The Promise lives up to the title --it really delivers the eye-popping goods.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Whether or not the story makes any sense, The Promise promises to transport - and does.
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63

TV Guide

By Ethan Alter
The mixture of action, drama and romance isn’t as potent, and Kaige’s reliance on subpar special effects hurts the movie. Wu xia fans will still find things to like, but the uninitiated will probably find this slow going.
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63

Chicago Tribune

I'm not sure the director should return to this particular genre, whatever you'd call it. But he is, in fact, a real director.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
While it aspires to draw the same audiences who admired "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Hero," The Promise is but a pale imitation of those landmark films.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
So absurdly overproduced that there's even a surfeit of cherry blossoms. By the end they look like litter.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Has a daft sweep, and if you're in the mood for empty swordplay in baroque settings, purple dialogue delivered with straight faces, and romantic yearnings that never, ever resolve, The Promise may be your cup of oolong.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

There's a nice Road Runner-cartoon moment when the slave runs really, really fast, carrying the wounded general on his back while dodging an attack of CG bulls. I can't imagine Road Runner was what Chen had in mind for the most expensive movie ever made in China, but then, I was born too late for the time of the snowy eagle.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The over-the-top acting is forgivable, but the plot's incoherence is not.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The prologue sets a simpleton tone that, distressingly, continues throughout.
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53 out of 100
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