• Unrated, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Western, Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jared Moshe
    In Theaters:
    May 3, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jun 10, 2013
  • Cinedigm

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Dead Man's Burden Reviews

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Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
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Despite visual nods to dozens of classic Westerns, the film cannot break through with its own vision.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

May 2, 2013
Robert Levin
amNewYork

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 Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 5, 2013
Staci Layne Wilson
Sci-Fi Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly

May 5, 2013
David Fear
Time Out New York
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 30, 2013
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

May 3, 2013
Curtis Woloschuk
Paste Magazine

Moshé immediately establishes an unforgiving milieu for his moody, minimalist Western.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7.4/10

May 23, 2013
Katie Walsh
The Playlist

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 Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B+

April 30, 2013
Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 30, 2013
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

May 1, 2013
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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Ponderous but lovely, simple but elegant, it should appeal to fans of Westerns.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: 7/10

May 3, 2013
John Hazelton
Screen International

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.

Full Review Source: Screen International

April 30, 2013
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE

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

Full Review Source: indieWIRE | Original Score: B+

April 30, 2013
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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An intense family drama that plays out as a low-key Western.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 30, 2013
Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 30, 2013
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 2, 2013
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

May 2, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 23, 2013
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