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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 23, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Curtis Woloschuk
Paste Magazine
May 23, 2013
Moshé immediately establishes an unforgiving milieu for his moody, minimalist Western.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.4/10
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 3, 2013
Ponderous but lovely, simple but elegant, it should appeal to fans of Westerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
May 2, 2013
Small in scale but with a grand visual ambition, "Dead Man's Burden" draws nourishment from its burned-out desert setting and ambling pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 2, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine
May 1, 2013
It's always a pleasure to encounter genre ambition contained in such a sinewy-shot, emotionally resonant, and gorgeously photographed package.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
April 30, 2013
A refreshing respite from filmmakers who believe the only low-budget option is to stay firmly ensconced in their own milieu.
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
April 30, 2013
While soaked in ambiguity, Dead Man's Burden maintains the Western requisite that bullets must find their targets.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Katie Walsh
The Playlist
April 30, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Hazelton
Screen International
April 30, 2013
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.
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
April 30, 2013
A slow-burning oater that's not gun-shy when it matters, Dead Man's Burden reps an impressive first feature from producer-turned-helmer Jared Moshe.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
April 30, 2013
An intense family drama that plays out as a low-key Western.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
May 5, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Sci-Fi Weekly
May 5, 2013
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.
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
May 3, 2013
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.
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Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
May 2, 2013
Despite visual nods to dozens of classic Westerns, the film cannot break through with its own vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Fear
Time Out
April 30, 2013
You never get over the feeling that you're watching modern actors play frontier-drama dress-up. It's a deathblow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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