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Promised Land

HD   14A Closed Captioning

Gus Van Sant

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About the Movie

Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Matt Damon) arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 147
  • Fresh: 75
  • Rotten: 72
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Damon and Krasinski co-wrote the script, and they do a nice job of giving the usual confrontations a gentle and surprising spin. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jan 2, 2013

Fresh: Damon's performance as corporate salesman Steve Butler is one of his best. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jan 3, 2013

Rotten: "Promised Land" offers an experience that's alternately amusing and frustrating, full of impassioned earnestness as well as saggy sections. – Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Dec 31, 2012

Rotten: A well-intentioned look at a fraught issue, but the Damon-Krasinski screenplay ultimately opts for Hollywood oversimplification. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Jan 3, 2013

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Customer Reviews


This is typical Hollywood garbage for people who are to stupid and lazy to be informed.
It's a movie that is just leaching off the perceived villainy of hydraulic fracturing.
Get informed. Don't be sheep and allow media to do your thinking for you.
Movies like this are the real danger.
But don't take my word for it.

Do Not Watch

Matt Damen. John Karsinski (is that right?) of course I am going to watch!

... The first movie that Damen is in that I hated.

I work in the oil and gas industry, and this whole film is a propaganda diatribe for people against " big oil ". Not an entertaining movie and very uneducated. I can only imagine the liked of Darryl Hannah with her misinformed views would enjoy this flick.

Well thought out.

Pretty accurate portrayal of the amoral nature of the oil and gas industry. Makes you wonder how they can all sleep at night.

Promised Land
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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