• PG-13, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Gillo Pontecorvo
  • In Theaters:    Dec 21, 1969 Wide
  • On DVD:    Nov 8, 2005
  • United Artists

Queimada (Burn!) (The Mercenary) Reviews

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Adam Lippe
March 5, 2012

If there's a better filmic explanation for how people can justify exploitation and colonialism, I don't know what it is.

Emanuel Levy
July 28, 2011

As a follow-up to Battle of Algiers, Burn! is a flawed film, but it's worth seeing for its tone of outrage and provocative ideas about colonialism, big business, and slavery.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 18, 2008

It seems timeless in its shrewd political and economic observations. It is as relevant today as it was then.

Full Review | Original Score: B
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 12, 2005

...despite a number of positives...Burn! nevertheless remains oddly aloof...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shawn Levy
December 17, 2004

A fascinating museum piece from an era in which art and radical politics often mixed to vital result.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic
October 15, 2004

Pontecorvo's pointed 1969 drama of the politics of war feels surprisingly timely.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
Top Critic
October 15, 2004

I don't think Queimada is as great a movie as Battle of Algiers, but it retains its vitality, its outrage, its savagery and its spirit.

Elliott Stein
Village Voice
Top Critic
September 21, 2004

A flawed, but intriguing work, it offers, here and there, proof of Pontecorvo's gift for ecstatic epic filmmaking.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 2, 2002

It's a clunky political drama that features a cynical and unscrupulous Marlon Brando.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael Dequina
December 20, 2004

| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003

| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2003

| Original Score: 3/5
Vincent Canby
New York Times
Top Critic
April 14, 2008

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 30, 2007

Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

May 14, 2005

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
June 4, 2002

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