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Let The Fire Burn Reviews

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

June 13, 2014
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Jason Osder's stunning debut documentary offers a disturbing look at a forgotten tragedy.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 13, 2014
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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[Osder] cuts between news footage of the events as they unfurled and testimony from hearings held afterward to create a stark, nonjudgmental portrait of an incident that probably needn't have happened.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 13, 2014
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"Let the Fire Burn" offers a searing picture of how dumb and dangerous humans can be.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

January 23, 2014
Wesley Morris
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It's scary as both a movie and a still-reverberating moment in time.

Full Review Source: Grantland

December 10, 2013
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Brilliantly edited, the film moves back and forth in time, first tracking the events leading up to the confrontation through news reports of the day.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A unique and disturbing work, Jason Osder's documentary "Let the Fire Burn" uses only archival footage to tell the story of a terrible day in a Philadelphia neighborhood 28 years ago.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 5, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Eschews talking-heads tradition in its potent examination of the 1985 Philadelphia police firebombing of a radical group known as MOVE.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

December 5, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Osder creates both intensity and intimacy, inviting viewers simply to watch and listen as a tragedy - born of unchecked aggression, incoherent ideology and appallingly faulty logic - unfolds.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/4

December 5, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Piecing the components together, and only sparingly deploying intertitle cards for clarity, Let the Fire Burn brings this 28-year-old tragedy front and center again - vividly, viscerally.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

November 1, 2013
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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Uses no narrators, talking heads or fancy graphics to tell its devastating story. It doesn't need to.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

October 31, 2013
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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Eloquent, even-handed, and meticulously constructed ...

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 31, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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It earns its considerable impact by telling an unnerving story and leaving it, in ways both daring and effective, fundamentally unresolved.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

October 17, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Jason Osder's gripping documentary revisits the notorious 1985 police raid against the black liberation group MOVE in west Philadelphia.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 17, 2013
Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
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[A] lean and deeply unsettling archival-footage documentary.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

October 4, 2013
Emily Bazelon
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Let the Fire Burn offers an even-handed depiction of the racial conflict that led to the conflagration on Osage Avenue.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 4, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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The pure-archive approach leaves a taste of despair; civic governance, it seems, can't even promise not to kill you.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 4, 2013
Ronnie Scheib
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Jason Osder's riveting documentary chronicles the escalating confrontations between the Philadelphia police and the radical group Move.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 2, 2013
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
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Seamlessly fashioned from television news footage, public hearings and other sources, the movie relives an incredible chapter in American history.

Full Review Source: New York Times

October 1, 2013
David Fear
Time Out New York
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A first-rate piece of forensic filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

October 1, 2013
Diana Clarke
Village Voice
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There's never enough information.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 1, 2013
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Let the Fire Burn is a time machine. It shows there are truths out there waiting to be found-that footage already shot can make history in all its terrible finality breathe.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 29, 2013
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