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Burn (2012)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Movie Info

Burn is a character-driven documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroiters who are on the front lines, trying to rescue and rebuild it. -- (C) Official Site

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
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In Theaters:
On DVD:
May 6, 2014
Box Office:
$0.1M
Runtime:
Area 23a - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Burn

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (0)

An action-packed look at the men who do their best to keep Detroit from going up in flames.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

These stories are moving, but what really distinguishes the film is the sense of an entire city giving in to self-immolation.

Full Review… | December 14, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An emotional character study of a group of heroic, yet very human, individuals.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

The film makes you thankful for members of this macho breed, who relish risking their lives to save others.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Burn captures the danger (and, yes, excitement) of putting out blazes, as well as the futility of dousing flames in a city rife with arson-and the struggles to maintain adequate funding in a wrecked economy that hits the public sector hardest.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Vividly captures a year in the life of eastside Detroit's Engine Company 50.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Burn does some eulogising for a great nation that may never achieve that greatness again, but it also celebrates the spirit of community that built it up.

Full Review… | July 5, 2013
sbs.com.au

Burn, from directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, is a straight-up documentary about a year in the life of the Detroit Fire Department. And what a year.

Full Review… | May 9, 2013
National Post

As powerful as Burn's images can be, the Detroit firefighters tell their own stories about what's important to them, their neighborhood connections, their family legacies, their pride in their fellows and in their community.

Full Review… | December 8, 2012
PopPolitics.com

Directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez structure Burn in a brilliant way, allowing viewers not just access to life behind the fire hose but to make personal connections with these men who act against the human instinct to run away from the flames.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
HollywoodChicago.com

... the dynamic on-the-fly scenes of danger and chummy stationhouse camaraderie are slowly peeled away to reveal a fascinating and multigenerational portrait of loss, resiliency, frustration and regret.

Full Review… | December 3, 2012
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

If Black America is an internal colony, then Detroit is its epicenter. Hence, the more than coincidental ties between this powerful documentary and Pontecorvo's masterpiece.

Full Review… | November 10, 2012
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Burn is not just a celebration of these wonderful, involving fighters of fires and so much more that threatens survival. It is also a tribute to the decent working class and firefighters everywhere who impact so many lives.

Full Review… | November 9, 2012
Film Journal International

The endless scenes of burning buildings and macho posturing merely provide an action-driven context for the filmmakers to deal with more personal topics like loneliness and resiliency.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012
Slant Magazine

Who needs the fake fires and explosions of the"Terminator" series when you can see the real thing in this doc?

Full Review… | November 2, 2012
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