Let The Fire Burn Reviews

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Diana Clarke
Village Voice
October 1, 2013
There's never enough information.
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October 4, 2013
Let the Fire Burn offers an even-handed depiction of the racial conflict that led to the conflagration on Osage Avenue.
Isaac Feldberg
We Got This Covered
February 17, 2014
Let The Fire Burn is an incendiary documentary that uses archival footage to weave a compelling, all-important tale of tragedy bred from anger and misunderstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine
October 4, 2013
First-time filmmaker Osder, with masterful editing by Nels Bangerter, has crafted a captivating and taut documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
October 4, 2013
The pure-archive approach leaves a taste of despair; civic governance, it seems, can't even promise not to kill you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ellen Gray
Philadelphia Daily News
May 13, 2014
It's a remarkably evenhanded telling of a story in which there could be no winners, using archival footage alone.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 13, 2014
Director Jason Osder's grieving account of the deadly police assault on the MOVE collective's fortified Philadelphia row house works small, continuous miracles with a variety of existing footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 1, 2013
No contemporary talking heads; none needed.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2013
Uses no narrators, talking heads or fancy graphics to tell its devastating story. It doesn't need to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Grierson
Screen International
April 29, 2013
Telling its riveting, despairing tale entirely through archival footage, the terrific documentary "Let the Fire Burn" has the force and intrigue of a courtroom thriller.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 7, 2013
It's gripping and shocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
April 24, 2013
...superbly cool-headed
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
June 14, 2013
Let the Fire Burn outshines the lackluster likes of Our Nixon by combining the death-trip of a Senna with the radical history of Black Power Mixtape.
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
October 1, 2013
Seamlessly fashioned from television news footage, public hearings and other sources, the movie relives an incredible chapter in American history.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
September 30, 2013
An unnerving, all-archival account of Philadelphia citizens suddenly terrorized by the unchecked violence of rogue "law and order."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
October 31, 2013
Comes at the material in a fascinating, counterintuitive way. Powerful and heartbreaking
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
October 4, 2013
[A] lean and deeply unsettling archival-footage documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
November 7, 2013
Mesmerizing and provocative, Burn creates an unnerving atmosphere of troubling decisions on both sides of the conflict, permitting the viewer to understand the thought process that went into the explosive endgame.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
October 10, 2013
Resurrecting into the present literally from the ashes and beneath the rubble of the dubious past, are lessons gleaned from the Philly police bombing and incineration of MOVE members. Shedding a light on a dark US history of war against its own people.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 5, 2013
Eschews talking-heads tradition in its potent examination of the 1985 Philadelphia police firebombing of a radical group known as MOVE.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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