The Promise

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. 38
    Pretty much a mess of a movie; the acting is overwrought, the plot is too tangled to play like anything BUT a plot, and although I know you can create terrific special effects at home in the basement on your computer, the CGI work in this movie looks like it was done with a dial-up connection.
  2. The prologue sets a simpleton tone that, distressingly, continues throughout.
  3. 12
    The Promise employs laughable computer effects and second-rate martial-arts fighting to tell the hard-to-figure story of a princess and her three lovers.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Apr 7, 2013
    8
    Very nice movie, by standarts of asian martial arts-fantasy movie. The plot is not so strong, but it is not the main thing. This movie isVery nice movie, by standarts of asian martial arts-fantasy movie. The plot is not so strong, but it is not the main thing. This movie is about bright fights, gods and legends. Light smooth moves, water and wind. Worth watching, if you like fights as in Crounching Tiger film. Full Review »
  2. JamesS.
    Jun 28, 2007
    1
    Note that when it comes to Asian martial arts films, American critics tend to be more lenient because of its novelty, or the assumptions that Note that when it comes to Asian martial arts films, American critics tend to be more lenient because of its novelty, or the assumptions that the incoherent plot lines could be due to "lost in translation". So users should review the review and moderate it down a few grades to be objective. Especially so if you are familiar with this genre of film before it caught on with the west. Full Review »
  3. PaulK.
    May 4, 2006
    4
    Don't believe the hype. While the story may be of interest to some, it is ultimately too cliche. That said, my biggest problem with this Don't believe the hype. While the story may be of interest to some, it is ultimately too cliche. That said, my biggest problem with this film were the visuals. Some of the effects are fine, but a majority are flat out bad. Consistency in the quality of effects would have made Kevin Thomas' quote about this being "one of the most beautiful films imaginable" valid. As it stands, this is not even close to Crouching Tiger, Hero, or Flying Daggers. Wait for video, if you must. Full Review »