Burke and Hare (2011)

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From John Landis, the director of Animal House and The Blues Brothers, Burke & Hare is adark comedy/thriller staring Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Curry and Isla Fisher as the unfortunate denizens of 19th century Edinburgh, a setting rife with murder, theft, prostitution, corpse snatching, experimental medicine, and of course Shakespeare. -- (C) IFC Films

Rating: R (for some sexual content, disturbing images and language)
Genre: Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Piers Ashworth, Nick Moorcroft, Ernie Bradford
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 20, 2011
Box Office: $947
Runtime:
IFC Films - Official Site

Cast


as William Burke

as William Hare

as Doctor Knox

as Captain Tam McLintoc...

as Doctor Monroe

as Patterson

as Sergeant Mackenzie

as Hangman

as Nicephone

as Nicephore

as Lord Harrington

as Old Joseph
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Critic Reviews for Burke and Hare

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (14)

Rarely has the ratio of quality talent to dismal returns been as high as in "Burke & Hare,'' a macabre British period piece that's nowhere near as funny as it thinks.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
Boston Globe
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"Burke and Hare" is a waste of a good cast and a better story, as well as a hollow reminder of how John Landis seemingly has lost his touch.

Full Review… | October 27, 2011
Arizona Republic
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A droll take on one of the most notorious mass-murder cases of the 19th century.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
New York Times
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It's just scene after scene of two obnoxious people killing various other obnoxious people.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
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All of the actors are enjoying themselves, and the movie is stuffed with history, atmosphere and vivid characters. What's in short supply, though, is laughter.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
New York Post
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To call it a black comedy is probably misleading: It's grey at best, and apart from a few scattered chuckles, it dies as quickly and gracelessly as Burke and Hare's victims.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
NPR
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Audience Reviews for Burke and Hare

½

For a film about murdering grave-robbers the final product is surprisingly harmless. Sure, there are plenty of dark-humored jokes about murder and death. but the story never quite manages to make you care about anything that's going on nor exactly burst out with laughter. The comedic timing is off, most of the time. Considering the talent involved here, that's quite shocking. At least the early 19th century Edinburgh setting looks really good. Wasted opportunities aplenty.

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Jens S.

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½

Odd, funny little movie...

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Cynthia S.

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½

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It's supposedly a horror comedy according to the marketing strategy it used. Question is was it scary? No. Was it funny? Sometimes. The fact is it's been panned since release but it's not an entirely bad movie. John Landis who brought us An American Werwolf in London; a hilarious and original horror comedy has the perfect cast at his disposal. But they were far too restrained by the flimsy script to make full use of their comedic talent. When you have Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis and Ronnie Corbet you have to provide them with the best material and often this film doesn't deliver. There's a lot worse out there, it isn't Shaun of the Dead but Burke and Hare gives off frequent chuckles and a couple good laughs but not enough ultimately to sustain it's running time. It's fair at best.

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