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Deep-seated emotional problems are examined in a complex movie that, as ever with Arriaga, refuses to fit into a straightforward narrative.
| Original Score: 3/5
Knowing ... that it's a 20-year old story, one can only conclude the idea behind the film would have been best left unfilmed, an unfinished step toward greater things.
Babel director shows his hand too soon
| Original Score: 2.5/4
When so many cinema releases are instantly forgettable, The Burning Plain clings to the memory...
| Original Score: 4/4
A melancholy but also profoundly uplifting film by the talented Guillermo Arriaga. Storytelling is an artform and Arriaga is a master
I think Ariaga needs to find another structuring device: this is way too complex, and Arriaga is so busy time-shifting that it takes quite a while to figure out who the characters are, and the way their relationships come together.
It's a hard film to love, partly because of its air of deadly seriousness.
Even if the film is a little contrived, it's quite a haunting experience...
| Original Score: 4/5
Once it all clicks into place and viewers are left to engage with the characters, the heavy misery and self-importance of the piece becomes overwhelming.
None of the characters breathe... They're knocked helplessly, lifelessly around in the service of the oh-so-serious story.
Charlize Theron and Kim Bassinger star in an intriguing drama where past and present are brought together to reveal how you can be redeemed through love
| Original Score: 4.5/5
A dreary mess directed and written by Guillermo Arriaga. Since it is Arriaga's first directing assignment, he can only blame his screenwriter for this uninvolving melodrama.
All of these seemingly disparate stories are related, but Arriaga connects them more slowly than an alert viewer can on his or her own.
It wearily limps along with its joyless obvious tale of loss, guilt and redemption.
| Original Score: C
Theron continues her string of terrific and daring thespian performances. She lays bare her body and soul in this unforgettable heartbreaking turn.
| Original Score: 3/4
The film isn't entirely believable in some places, but I did admire the skill of the storytelling and the neat way all the pieces come together.
| Original Score: B+
It lacks whatever Inarritu brought ... something like a joyful playfulness to leaven the dolefulness of Arriaga's literary vision.
| Original Score: 87/100
Just because a movie has over-sexed blonds, lusty teens, roasted birds, a fire, a plane crash, self-mutilation and Charlize Theron's breasts doesn't mean it won't be bad. But it shouldn't be boring.
| Original Score: 2/5
Throw in enough symbolism to choke an English-lit major and you have a film challenge that too often feels like a chore.
| Original Score: 2/4
If Arriaga had allowed us to spend more time with the key characters in this extended tragedy, or had spent some time punching up the plot, The Burning Plain might have had a chance.