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The Burial Society (2003)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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Directed by Nicholas Racz, The Burial Society revolves around the life of Sheldon Kasner, whose existence, as of late, has turned to one of quiet desperation. His workload is increasing as his compensation for it continues to dwindle, and Sheldon understandably falls into a deep depression. Despite being a highly unlikely candidate for organized crime, he is drawn into a complicit money-laundering scam that doesn't run as smoothly as planned. With a two-million-dollar debt on his hands, Sheldon

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Aug 29, 2006

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Falls prey to a creeping structural rigor mortis that sets in early.

July 30, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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Features fine performances by a cast of veteran actors but is marred by its unconvincing back story.

July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Underneath its cheeky amorality, there beats a heart.

July 28, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Scrambling to find a place in the Coen brothers' shadow, Racz tries too hard to manufacture a sense of zany unpredictability, but each new twist only reveals Sheldon as the soulless opportunist that he is.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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With a plot that is at once needlessly complicated and maddeningly careless, the movie veers unsteadily between farce and crime drama and never really engages the viewer.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The Burial Society is definitely big on plot, but can the thing dance? Short answer: It's no Astaire.

June 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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The twisty storyline does have its moments, but eventually the actors are reduced to wearing the requirements of the plot like pairs of cement shoes.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Mostly mediocre heist flick.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

The feature debut of writer-director Nicholas Racz is twisty and clever, if not a reinvention of the genre.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The film plays like an old episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, with a resolution that's truly unpredictable.

May 22, 2004 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

The appeal of The Burial Society lays in its unusual and obscure take on an otherwise mundane tale of greed, treachery and double-cross.

July 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Spiritual on the one hand and street tough on the other - a cross between The Jewish Sopranos and Six Feet Under And Kosher.

July 13, 2003 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

The potential here is obvious, but never realized.

June 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

[A] nifty little thriller.

June 6, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
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