Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Loren King
    100
    Beautifully crafted and brutally honest.
  2. Superb, Oscar-nominated documentary.
  3. 88
    Promises may want to unite the audience in humanitarian emotions, but it's more useful as a prod to examine what these children are learning from their schools, their leaders, and their media.
  4. Reviewed by: Megan Turner
    88
    Polarized world views from the mouths of babes -- unfortunately does little to mitigate this depressing image, but much to humanize both sides.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MikeD.
    Mar 2, 2006
    10
    I don't cry during movies. I cried to the point of dehydration in this one. Everyone should see this movie.