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A Promise

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Set in Germany just before WWI, a married woman falls in love with her husband's protégé. Separated first by duties and then by the war, they pledge their devotion to one another.
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Empire Magazine
If you only watch one Stefan Zweig-inspired film this year, watch The Grand Budapest Hotel. If you watch two, see The Grand Budapest Hotel twice. Awful.
July 31, 2014
New York Times
The anguish of the lovers' decade-long separation can't be evoked in a matter of minutes ...
April 17, 2014
Observer (UK)
The main drawbacks are the grey decorousness of the pacing and visuals, and Richard Madden's unsympathetically flat playing as antihero Fritz.
August 04, 2014
Radio Times
The lack of chemistry between Madden and Hall drains the film of energy and their unrequited longing is often unintentionally amusing.
August 01, 2014
Daily Express (UK)
A particularly languid, slow-burning period drama.
July 31, 2014
Under the Radar
Though by no means an unbearable watch, A Promise is almost as much an exercise in patience for its viewers as it is for Friedrich and Lotte.
August 15, 2014
Time Out
Despite decent performances, a promising dramatic set-up leads to little of real interest.
July 29, 2014
Village Voice
The magnetism between these stiff nonstarters wouldn't stick to a fridge, especially when the war-ex-machina forces them apart for years but the only credible passing of time is our own.
April 16, 2014
This awkward, passionless drama conveys neither the sensuality nor the drawn-out sense of longing required by its period tale of a young secretary who falls in love with his employer's wife.
September 04, 2013