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100
The actors and the characters merge and form a reality above and apart from the story, and the result is a film that takes us beyond crime and London and the Russian mafia and into the mystifying realms of human nature.
100
Premiere
One of Cronenberg's subtlest, most insinuating pictures, and one of the highlights of the year so far.
90
Viggo Mortensen's performance is flat-out brilliant, and this relentlessly dramatic thriller represents a mid-life growth spurt for its director, David Cronenberg.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
Cronenberg and screenwriter Steve Knight masterfully orchestrate an atmosphere of danger and dread for a descent into an underworld inhabited by the Russian mafia in London.
88
In Eastern Promises, shot to envelop by the great Peter Suschitzky, Cronenberg brings us face to face with the horror of self.
88
Chicago Tribune
An unusually strong crime thriller, Eastern Promises comes from director David Cronenberg, a meticulous old-school craftsman of a type that is becoming increasingly rare.
75
It's an academic meditation in underworld-thriller drag -- a movie that looks about as close to a straight-ahead, down-and-dirty genre entertainment as anything the director has made since his exploding-head horror days.
75
A thoroughly entertaining film by a director at the height of his ability.
75
Eastern Promises has a compelling story and strong performances to back up what may seem excessive or sensationalistic.
75
The violence here is never in the service of spectacle, always of the story.
75
The first must-see adult film of the young fall.

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