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Steve Butler, a corporate salesman whose journey from farm boy to big-time player takes an unexpected detour when he lands in a small town, where he grapples with a surprising array of both open hearts and closed doors. Steve has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason. The town has been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, and the two consummate sales executives see McKinley's 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 and a short stay for the duo becomes complicated - professionally by calls for community-wide consideration of the offer by respected schoolteacher Frank Yates and personally by Steve's encounter with Alice. When Dustin Noble, a slick environmental activist, arrives, suddenly the stakes, both personal and professional, rise to the boiling point.
Drama - This is an earnest, issue-minded drama aimed at an older adult
audience. Matt Damon, who co-wrote with co-star John Krasinski,
has a meaty lead showcase here, with all other actors, including
Krasinski, taking a secondary role. Language makes the film
inappropriate for children, who would not be interested anyhow.
PROFANITY: 24 F-words; 20 S-words; 4 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: A punch draws blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol at bars and meals. ACTION: None COMEDY: Some comic banter and lines.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average There are times when a film can survive a misstep even if it occurs at the end. That's not the case with Promised Land...
USA TodayFull Review Good Damon shines in one of his best roles in this tale of small-town America.
Washington PostFull Review Average When these formidable actresses are on screen, 'Promised Land' fizzes and pops; otherwise it's an attractive, well-intentioned dry well.
NY PostFull Review Below Average I have to admit I was wrong about Matt Damon and John Krasinski's anti-fracking movie 'Promised Land.' When plot details first leaked out, I thought it couldn't be that ridiculous. My bad!
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 45 moviegoers:
It appears the moviegoer reviews are as mixed as the critic reviews. Overall, these are pretty mediocre reviews (not bad but certainly not great).
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Both the two males and two females rated it average.
ADULTS:Close to half the males rated it above average and another similar number rated it just average. The remaining 15 to 20 percent rated it low to very low. The female reviews are actually pretty decent. Half either loved it or enjoyed it very much. Just over half of the remaining half rated it average. Like the males, about 15 to 20 percent rated it low to very low.