The Promised Land

127 mins
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Mads Mikkelsen reunites with the BAFTA-nominated writer of A Royal Affair for this story of Ludvig Kahlen who pursued his... More

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The Promised Land | Ratings & Reviews

A very different beast

While it may share a star, geography, and (roughly) a time period with A Royal Affair, The Promised Land is a very different beast. Blessed with excellent performances, it’s a contrast to Arcel and Mikkelsen's prior film and an interesting setting for some familiar frontier storytelling beats. Read full article

Steve Newall

"Earthy, enjoyable stuff: an expansive, sweeping epic with hope in its heart and dirt under its nails."

Screen DailyScreen Daily

"The kind of ravishing, rousing epic we don’t really get much of anymore."


"Mads Mikkelsen is a dour delight."

The TelegraphThe Telegraph

"(A) brutal yet beautiful historical epic."

The Globe and MailThe Globe and Mail

"Part Hollywood prestige drama, part pulpy revenge flick, and a perfect showcase for (Mikkelsen)."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"A handsome production that displays all the virtues of assured old-fashioned storytelling without a trace of stodge."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"(Arcel) has a pleasingly sturdy, old-school feel for grand-scale period filmmaking."


"It’s a watchable though slightly sentimentalised story and Mikkelsen gives it seriousness and force."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"Arcel and Mikkelsen have struck a deeply human chord."

Film ThreatFilm Threat

"Another rich performance from the always-great Mads Mikkelsen."

"A gripping man-versus-wilderness survival story with unmistakable political undertones... also nimble enough to allow romance to blossom."

Time OutTime Out

"Stakes its claim with admirable gravitas and visual finesse."

The Washington PostThe Washington Post

"What makes it finally work as well as it does is that it largely avoids the ennobling clichés that turn characters into ideals... — well, that and Mads Mikkelsen."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"Even when it’s painting its story in broad strokes, the film plays expertly to audience emotion."

Slant MagazineSlant Magazine

"What raises it above its similarly plotted kindred is that Arcel adds an intriguing level of court intrigue and class aspiration."

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle

"I could easily imagine John Ford or David Lean centering a film around this character and the actor who so boldly brings him to life."

Boston GlobeBoston Globe

"A stirring historical epic that balances its grandiose framing with something surprisingly grounded and genuine."


"Very gripping, surprisingly riveting and beautifully shot."


"Old-school Western with a Danish twist."

Financial TimesFinancial Times

"(Mikkelsen) is typically compelling in... Nicolaj Arcel's vivid portrait."

The TimesThe Times

The Promised Land | Details

MA15+, Strong violence and coarse language
Drama, True Story & Biography
Country of origin
Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden

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