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Burn Reviews

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Simon Foster
July 5, 2013
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.
Chris Knight
National Post
May 9, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
May 2, 2013
An action-packed look at the men who do their best to keep Detroit from going up in flames.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 14, 2012
These stories are moving, but what really distinguishes the film is the sense of an entire city giving in to self-immolation.
Cynthia Fuchs
December 8, 2012
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.
Brian Tallerico
December 7, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5.0
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
December 7, 2012
An emotional character study of a group of heroic, yet very human, individuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 3, 2012
... 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 | Original Score: B+
Louis Proyect
November 10, 2012
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.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
November 9, 2012
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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 8, 2012
The film makes you thankful for members of this macho breed, who relish risking their lives to save others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
November 7, 2012
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.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
November 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
November 2, 2012
Who needs the fake fires and explosions of the"Terminator" series when you can see the real thing in this doc?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
November 1, 2012
Vividly captures a year in the life of eastside Detroit's Engine Company 50.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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