Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises
Eastern Promises
  • R
  • 1h 40m
  • 2007
Certified Fresh89%
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Viggo Mortensen and Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts star in this electrifying thriller from critically acclaimed director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence). Criminal mastermind Nikolai (Mortensen) finds his ties to a notorious crime family shaken when he crosses paths with Anna (Watts), a midwife who has accidentally uncovered evidence against them. Their unusual relationship sets off an unstoppable chain of murder, mystery and deception in the explosive film critics are calling "provocative and engrossing" (Claudia Puig, USA Today).

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh89%
Critics Consensus: David Cronenberg triumphs again, showcasing the Viggo Mortensen's onscreen prowess in a daring performance. Bearing the trademarks of psychological drama and gritty violence, Eastern Promises is a very compelling crime story.
Reviews
I.E. Weekly
Amy Nicholson
Fresh

Despite Viggo's total gorgeousness, a nude fight-for-his-life in a steam room has all the titillat...

June 21, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Wally Hammond
Fresh

Slightly hesitant, slightly undercharacterised and gently compromising, hybrid: an oddly diplomati...

June 21, 2017
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore
Rotten

It's just too bad Eastern Promises, on the whole, promises more than it delivers.

March 3, 2019
Miami Herald
Rene Rodriguez
Fresh

Here is an excellent crime thriller made with grown-ups in mind.

March 3, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Compelling but brutal mafia film for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that violence -- both graphic and implied -- permeates this film (just as it did Viggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg's last collaboration, A History of Violence). From the first scene (which shows a brutal throat cutting) on, it's clear that kids and teens aren't the intended audience. Women are manhandled, men are murdered, babies are kidnapped, sons are betrayed, and sexual acts are forced, with little or no emotion. There's also smoking, drinking, strong language, and full nudity. It all serves a complex storyline that yields an intriguing film. But if you're not a Cronenberg fan, you may walk away stunned and appalled.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller, Drama
  • Release Date:September 14, 2007
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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