Confessions of a Burning Man Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 5, 2010
Everybody gets naked and plays electronic Hacky Sack or something. All attendees are required to keep a video diary of everything they do.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 10, 2004
All 87 minutes of the film seem like B-roll footage that could be used as an introduction to a cool film about Burning Man, not the film itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 26, 2004
An incoherent documentary about the annual Burning Man arts festival in the northern Nevada desert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 26, 2004
There are interesting characters in this documentary, but unfortunately, it's not the people that are the focus of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Judith Lewis
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2004
Reduces a complex social environment to a trifling spectacle of fakery, peopled by faux-hemians who offer up trivial confessions as if they're earth-shattering.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
February 27, 2004
It's more like a routine home video with arty pretensions.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
Los Angeles CityBeat
May 14, 2004
...tries to personalize the event by focusing on three participants, who unfortunately happen to be rather boring.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
October 23, 2003
One supposes and hopes that this celebration in the wilderness isn't as boring as the documentary about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Brown
San Francisco Chronicle
September 24, 2003
It's like being trapped at a fascinating party with a boring guide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 10, 2004
Surprisingly routine and listless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Gehr
Village Voice
February 24, 2004
Less sentiment and more peculiarity would have limned a richer, though probably less audition-tape-worthy, reflection of Burning Man's 25,000-strong community of the absurd.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 29, 2004
Maybe it does as well as anyone could with this rambunctious but extravagantly self-indulgent festival; unfortunately, that isn't much.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 23, 2004
Fails to convey what brings thousands of people to this place every year. Guess you had to be there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Los Angeles Daily News
May 14, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 25, 2004
I emerged charmed by some characters, a bit more informed than before about Burning Man as a whole, but decidedly non-immersed.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
March 3, 2004
It's refreshing to see people who willingly and eagerly forego commerce to use their time making art and seeking spiritual meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2004
The film's strength is in its ability to bring the experience of Burning Man to its audience, evoking not only the heat, dust and fatigue, but the sheer awe of its enormousness and generosity of spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Picture
San Francisco Examiner
October 1, 2003
While Confession of a Burning Man manages to accurately capture the Burning Man spirit, it falls just short of capturing the entire Burning Man experience.
| Original Score: 3/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 27, 2004
Burnett and Lee's graceful, sympathetic documentary focuses on participants who embody Burning Man's ideals without being blind to the opportunists and party animals it inevitably attracts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
May 13, 2004
Consider it your all-access pass to the imaginative desert maelstrom without the nasty sunburn or sand in your hair.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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