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Dead Man's Burden (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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Set in 1870 in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, DEAD MAN'S BURDEN is the story of Martha (Clare Bowen, ABC's Nashville) and her husband Heck (David Call, Tiny Furniture), who are struggling to make ends meet on the rural New Mexico frontier. When a mining company expresses interest in buying their land, Martha and Heck see their ticket to a better life. Their hopeful plans are soon complicated when Martha's oldest brother Wade (Barlow Jacobs, Shotgun Stories), presumed dead during the

Unrated,

Western, Drama

Jared Moshe

Jun 10, 2013

$29.6k

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It's a strong debut for Moshe, who, with the exception of some of the oater dialogue, shows both a reverence for and a knowledge of the genre that's intriguing.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Ponderous but lovely, simple but elegant, it should appeal to fans of Westerns.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Small in scale but with a grand visual ambition, "Dead Man's Burden" draws nourishment from its burned-out desert setting and ambling pace.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Despite visual nods to dozens of classic Westerns, the film cannot break through with its own vision.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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You never get over the feeling that you're watching modern actors play frontier-drama dress-up. It's a deathblow.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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A refreshing respite from filmmakers who believe the only low-budget option is to stay firmly ensconced in their own milieu.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Moshé immediately establishes an unforgiving milieu for his moody, minimalist Western.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The movie offers a convincing look at the sort of irreparable damage the Civil War did to families, but too often it feels like self-conscious role-play.

May 5, 2013 Full Review Source: amNewYork
amNewYork

Dead Man's Burden isn't [great], but it's not a bad horse opera and is unflinching in its depictions of harshness and violence.

May 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly
Sci-Fi Weekly

Oddly lifeless, despite the clearly devoted efforts of the cast and crew: It's admirable without being particularly engaging, so respectful of its cinematic predecessors that its own voice is strangled.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The story is modest to the point of occasionally seeming slight, and the ending is a tad too cute in the way it circles back to the beginning, but even those flaws just make it feel more authentic. See it now, before it gets rediscovered.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

It's always a pleasure to encounter genre ambition contained in such a sinewy-shot, emotionally resonant, and gorgeously photographed package.

May 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

While soaked in ambiguity, Dead Man's Burden maintains the Western requisite that bullets must find their targets.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

Dead Man's Burden is worth the watch for its sheer beauty, but it's also a slow burner of Western tragedy that hails many new talents to keep an eye on.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Though it sometimes wears its influences a tad too openly, Dead Man's Burden is still an atmospheric and emotionally satisfying indie western that could spark interest among serious fans of the genre.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
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