Burning Palms Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
January 20, 2011
Little sensitivity here, but the film's obsession with grim deeds and sinister turns of fate lends the five stories a welcome kick of ugliness, which is a fascinating screen sensation.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
January 14, 2011
Christopher B. Landon's sordid anthology film never quite achieves the balance of melodrama and dark comedy for which it's aiming.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 13, 2011
Landon's sardonic view of human nature and deft filmmaking skills - plus a raft of sharp portrayals - keep the viewer from pondering the preposterousness of certain situations and instead encourages going along with the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 13, 2011
Touching on taboo themes like rape, incest, and kinky bedroom exploits, Burning is a series of five Los Angeles-set short films that are only superficially provocative.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 13, 2011
Making his directorial debut, screenwriter Christopher Landon struggles so mightily to offend that he forgets to supply a rooting interest in his characters.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 12, 2011
Burning Palms is too sick to attract the masses, but he's onto something subversively valid, and the film is never boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
January 9, 2011
Evinces enough hatred of mankind to make Todd Solondz look like a dedicated humanist.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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