• Released
  • May 5, 2006
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 42 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Art House/Foreign
  • 11 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A general and a slave both fall for a princess who is doomed to lose every man she loves.

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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...
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63

Chicago Tribune

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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...
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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...
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50

Entertainment Weekly

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There's a nice Road Runner-cartoon moment when the slave runs really, really fast, carrying the wounded general on his back while dodging...
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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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Rated PG-13 | For stylized violence and martial arts action, and some sexual content