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
    31%
  • Audience Score
    44%

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

"Once you have accepted your destiny, nothing can alter it unless time flows backwards, snow falls in the spring and the dead come back to life." A beautiful, poetic and sometimes cruel fairy tale about love, war, honor and pride and where nothing is what it seems. A great adventure film with a powerful score in the same tradition as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Hero.

- MagnusMagica, Wednesday, December 19, 2007

4 stars

A beautiful fantasy/romance.

- threefolddado, Friday, June 29, 2007

3 stars

Like watching a dream and with about as much of a storyline. I was watching the extended scenes that were on the DVD and I wish they had left most of them in because they would have added a lot to the storyline. But I would recommed this movie for the visual beauty of it alone.

- FanGirl, Monday, December 25, 2006