Based on 574 votes and 147 reviews
I cried many times.
The acting is superb and the sets are meticulously designed. I was left shaken by the unspeakable horrors the Armenians endured at the hands of the Turks for no other reason other than because they were not Muslims. One thing that is not clear in this excellent movie is why this horrific genocide occurred on such a immense scale. The Armenians were Christians and the Turks were Muslim. This genocide was a direct result of a cruel political system called Islam that tolerates no other faiths.
Something which has happened in the past, and has never been recognized properly by the big governments. Armenian genocide was the worst in its kind. turkey should be ashamed to ignore the barbaric way of life that they had and still have in this moment.
An excellent movie about a very important historical subject. Unfortunately, it does fall in some clichés and stereotypes in a few scenes - the fake accents are one of them. This movie shows Christian Bale is a better actor than Oscar Isaac.
A story that must be told!!
The best movie I have seen this year. It is historical, heart wrenching, and devastating, to go through such an outrageous, inhumane, and barbaric treatment of the Armenians, by the Ottoman Empire. My thanks go to Krikor Krikorian, for fully funding this movie. It is about time to tell this real tragic story, the TRUTH, to the whole world. This should never happen to any nation ever. Must see. I encourage everybody to go and see this movie.
Best film on the Armenian genocide to date! A must-see!
The promise was a great introduction to history without excessive violence. Christian Bale performed well as the journalist and the love story that transcends the movie brought the complex plot together. Worth watching
IT WAS VERRY EMOTIONAL AND TENSE MOVIE AND ABOUT LOVE. TOO BAD THEY DIDN'T DO THIS MOVIE A LONG TIME AGO, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S ALL TRUE
Incredible movie. The lead actor was mesmerizing. While this is about the Armenian genocide, it is important to understand the connection btw this genocide and the Holocaust. The Germans and Turks were allies in WWI. The Germans learned that genocide is a profitable business and decided to implement it on the Jews in WWII, with the help of Haj amin al Hussani (who also served in the Ottoman army). It is important to learn about the Armenian genocide, to honor the victims and also to understand how this opened the gate of hell, to the worst genocide of all times.
A beautiful love story that reveals the suffering and human losses inflicted on armenians. It is an inspiring movie that is accessible to every human being concerned about life.
Great movie. Held my attention the entire time.
Beautifully directed and acted movie. Great job! This movie brings the forgotten real history to the world- the first genocide of the 19th century executed by the Ottoman Empire, The Armenian Genocide. The truth is a truth no matter how many years pass.
Must see - excellent!
A must see .Very well done .Great acting .It shows the suffering the Armenians went through under the ottoman Empire . It is about the Armenian Genocide .A critic compared this movie to Shindler,s list a movie about the Holocust . Very emotional for me .My grandparents ,my uncle my aunts walked from Aintep in the desert for days and they arrived to Aleppo Syria they were among the lucky ones who made it . The last part of the movie a German writer wrote a book about those Courageous Armenians who fought the Turkish Ottoman soldiers for 40 days .It is called the 40 days of Musa Dagh . I saw the movies two times .Go and see it you will not regret it and you will have learnt a part of history that took place in 1915 against the Armenians Thank You .
Excellent one of my top three movies i've seen
Waste of time
Another propaganda movie. Done poorly.
A sensitive depiction of the attempted Genocide of the Armenian people by the Turkish government. They show some of the terrible things that were done to the Armenians but without the the visuals of blood and gore in order to be able to use this film as a teaching tool when out of the theaters. Please go and see some of the things that happened to my ancestors - aunts. uncles and grandparents. The scene where they reach Musa Dagh toward the end of the film doesn't tell you that the Armenians who fought to survive there lasted 40 days.
Best film of the year!
A compelling film and a must-see.
There is a movie playing at Hot Docs, Intent To Destroy, about the making of this movie and the suppression of the history of this atrocity http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/joe-berlinger-on-the-fine-art-of-making-a-movie-about-anothermovie/article34878477/
Best movie I have seen in a very long time. A solid 10/10! You will not be disappointed.
This movie was Excellent. It told the story of the Armenian Genocide which is a story that must be told so that history doesn't repeat itself.
While I agree with the critics that the "love story" portion of the film was distracting and unnecessary, the movie itself was worthy of high praise. An interesting storyline based on facts was well paced and well developed. A combination of excellent photography and music assisted the story telling of an event that has not had much play in the Western media. Well worth seeing.
Well-acted and brings focus to the Armenian genocide within the Ottoman Empire.
The cast and story were amazing. Very moving and gripping. Why is this movie rated so low? I never realized this happened.
Informative and touching movie
Great movie !
With all these well known Actors, you would have thought that they would have done research on the calamitiea of the War of 1890 to 1920 not just focuses on the Atmenian losses but lives of other citizens of the Ottomans at the time. After 100 years, are people realizing that it was a Genocide. What a one sided movie this was. Were the "Dashnag" , Armenian army formed to be terrorist completely innocent in this Civilian War. Genocide denotes an intent to eliminate a race, and this was not the case of the Ottaman Empire in that era.....
This is a beautifully directed and acted film about the Turkish Genocide against the Armenians! I encourage everyone to see The Promise--in honor of those of us who grew up with grandparents and great grandparents who survived horrific cruelty, and who witnessed their homes being burned, their villages being invaded, and their families slaughtered. This film honors my ancestors and all Armenians, and it brings to light the greatest denial of Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire.
It is an excellent movie,depicting how cruel the Ottoman Turks were at that time.It is so shameful that they have denied over a hundred years about the Armenian Genocide.I guess the Turkish government never taught them in school about the real facts about the massacres.
Denying the past we destroy the future.
A sobering take on the Armenian Genocide, a crime against humanity still being denied 102 years after its execution by its perpetrators. Very touching.
Touchy and informative.
A great movie with a great story.
A truly excellent film in the same league as the great epics of the past, like Ben Hur, Dr Zhivago and the like. A love story set in the middle of the historically accurate Turkish Genocide carried out against the Armenian population. This must be a contender for an Oscar or BAFTA. Great story, great acting, great everything.
Very well presented the whole truth, this happened to every single Armenian family, forced to leave their city and country to Dehr Zor Desert in 1914-1915.
It is an amazing movie that brings out a century old hidden truth to 21st century audience. this is the most effective way to learn from past mistreats toward reconciliation. We all belong to this world and together we will take care of this wonderful world!
Excellent movie. Director Terry George masterfully incorporated complicated and thorny historical facts with a love story. This movie follows the fine tradition of David Lean and other movie directors filmmaking. The Promise should be nominated for an Oscar.
If you are disgusted from what is happening in Syria and Iraq, please see this movie. Great movie to watch and learn from. This love story has a sad background, which depicts the twentieth century's first Genocide. Go and see, you will change, or maybe learn something.
A must see for everyone...
A must see for everyone. Just to see what kind barberic atrocities people can do
Such a great and touching movie.
What a movie ! Learned a lot about the armenian genocide.