The Promotion Synopsis
Two men (Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly) vie for the top job in a grocery chain's new store.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The film's refusal to take its characters anything less than seriously makes it cut deeper than a Will Ferrell lampoon.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Conrad's script surprises at nearly every turn.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's totally down-to-earth, as real as a trip to the supermarket.
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By James Berardinelli
There are enough laughs to justify it being labeled as a comedy but a stronger storyline than one normally associates with this kind of...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A good, occasionally insightful workplace comedy.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Then there's screenwriter Steve Conrad. He's interesting. He likes his protagonists to suffer a little en route to finding a better place,...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There's still a lot to like here, but ultimately the movie reflects its hapless hero a little too well. While we're constantly rooting for...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The Promotion edges toward some pretty bleak stuff. Then it steps back and laughs, like an office slacker.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Isn't quite as boring as it sounds, thanks to writer/director Steve Conrad's strong script and decent performances by John C. Reilly and...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
One of the unfunniest comedies ever. Punch lines are lifeless. Characters are borderline catatonic. Running gags can't even walk.
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I loved it!

By jojackie
I really wish Fandango would get rid of these little speech bubbles with 'oh no!' or 'must go!' after page of so-called user reviews are simply these stupid bubbles, and they are not at all...

Promotion/GO SEE IT, unless you are an American Pie idiot

By snoopyrocks
I almost did not go to this movie becuase of the lead actors association with one of the worst characters in film. Especially, when I saw NO on the fan meter. Luck of the draw, I went. Within a few...

It’s Hard Out Here For An Assistant Manager:

By jimchudnow
[Based on an advance preview:] One-upsmanship, backstabbing. It sounds like the latest ELECTION. But, in this case, it’s the story of competition for a promotion from being an Assistant Manager to...

The Promo-shunned

By rockhell
This movie was a super solid MEH. Considering the stellar cast, I was hoping for so much more but this movie pretty much had maybe 2-3 laugh out loud moments tops (definitely the "black apples" part)...

The Promotion

By denegri
What a waste of good theatre money. Poor color. Inane cinematography. Wasted energy....

Great Movie

By rms884
Totally awesome Movie, Great plot, great acting, great times. I don't know why it is not playing in more theaters....

Hilarity & Quirky Fun!

By MustangMom
I loved this movie, and have actually planned to see it again this week because I missed parts where I laughed too long and too hard! It's not your average mainstream comedy, so that made it more...

Five Word Review

By Movie_Buff_86
i will buy on blu-ray...

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Rated R | For language including sexual references, and some drug use
What Parents Need to Know
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