Box art for The Promise (2006)

The Promise (2006)

action & adventure, drama, foreign

A tale of passion that unfolds against a backdrop of war as a mysterious princess becomes the object of affection for three very different men.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A lavish spectacle somewhere between grand opera and cartoon about a love triangle involving a general, a slave and a cursed princess.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, May 4, 2006

Fresh: Has been criticized by some reviewers for its low-tech special effects. Curiously, I found this technical transparency part of the film's enormous charm.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, May 25, 2006

Fresh: Fans of newer Asian martial-arts movies will be satisfied with The Promise, especially because it contains the aerial wirework and swordplay expected of such movies. But the film is not as accomplished as the work of Ang Lee or Yimou Zhang.

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Thursday, May 4, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

In a world where people running as fast as the wind drag girls on leashes behind them like kites anything's possible. So no one should make the mistake and compare this to fantastic but somewhat historical movies like Hero. This is pure fantasy, even without made-up creatures. The plot of the cursed girl between three men isn't entirely new but the story remains rather unpredictable in all its craziness. It's not always entirely certain why the characters act the way they do, but each and every frame of this movie looks like a frikkin picture. Its picture should be in dictionaries under eye candy. The stunningly beautiful cinematography, sets, costumes and design combined with a pompous soundtrack make up for a lot of plot holes and create a larger than life experience of epic proportions. When the ugly guy in black is not the villain and the pretty bad guy still has the feather-like hairdo after taking his helmet off you realize you're in the middle of a real life manga. The result is so very entertaining, that all its flaws are easily ignored.

- ironclad1609, Monday, September 8, 2008

2 stars

A gaudy spectacle of excess best viewed as parody.

- wbgoose13, Wednesday, December 20, 2006

2 stars

Visually looks beautiful. The script isn't so good and the casting really failed. The fight scenes were stunning though.

- SpunkyJamez, Tuesday, September 29, 2009