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Slow Burn (2007)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 29

Critics Consensus: With wooden acting and hammy, overheated dialogue, Slow Burn isn't so much a noir as it is a mediocre parody of one.

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 13
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: With wooden acting and hammy, overheated dialogue, Slow Burn isn't so much a noir as it is a mediocre parody of one.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 7,257

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Movie Info

A cop trying to clear the name of a woman he loves falls deep into a morass of corruption in this crime thriller. Ford Cole (Ray Liotta) is the district attorney in a crime-ridden town where he's contemplating a run for mayor in a bid for greater power. Cole is also having an affair with one of his assistants, Nora Timmer (Jolene Blalock), though he tries to keep that a secret. One evening, while Cole is chatting with journalist Trippin (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Timmer arrives with startling news -- … More

Rating:
R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Wayne Beach
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jul 24, 2007
Box Office:
$1.2M
Runtime:
Lions Gate Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Slow Burn

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (29) | DVD (4)

Shelved for over a year, this incompetent mystery thriller stops periodically so some character or other can deliver an expository speech and pull the plot back on track, but by the end the story has turned into a hair ball.

Full Review… | December 3, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A strange, sprained, but sprightly fusion of The Usual Suspects and the Tragic Mulatto, Slow Burn wants badly to turn its standard neo-noir into a nuanced racial chiaroscuro.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

If you have not figured out the identity of Luden by the finale, it will only be because you do not care.

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

The bigger problem is that for all the plot turns and reversals and flashes of action that Beach has structured into his film, there's an elusive extra something that's missing.

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

John Grisham meets The Usual Suspects by way of late-night Cinemax in this derivative thriller.

April 16, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Writer-director Wayne Beach figures if you liked Bryan Singer and Christopher McQuarrie's big climactic reversal, you'll love four of them in a row!

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A slow death.

Full Review… | August 29, 2007
NewsBlaze

The screenplay is riddled with so many problems, clichés, cheats, and borrowed ideas that the movie never takes off on a story level.

Full Review… | July 24, 2007
DVDTalk.com

Barely flickers as a far-fetched urban tale of chameleon-like characters.

Full Review… | April 28, 2007
Spirituality and Practice

...the story is intriguing enough to hold our interest through all the film noir pretensions...

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Sacramento News & Review

When a movie has been sitting around since 2003, why wouldn't you just throw it at the DVD shelf rather than subjecting big-screen audiences to it?

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Easy to understand why Slow Burn sat on the shelf for four years, but harder to understand why it didn't go straight to DVD or Showtime late night.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One wonders why Slow Burn wasn't just dumped completely.

Full Review… | April 17, 2007
Mark Reviews Movies

Slow Burn tries to be smolder, but ultimately there's no heat.

Full Review… | April 17, 2007
Film Journal International

The theme of racial confusion that attempts to underlie this would-be noirish murder mystery becomes just one more unintentionally hilarious aspect...

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
Flick Filosopher

Deficiencies aside, Slow Burn is almost worth seeing.

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Its cavalcade of 'twists' in the last 20 minutes come off the conveyor belt so quickly and haphazardly that they all wind up in a big pile on the floor, waiting to be snorted at by incredulous viewers.

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
EricDSnider.com

Audience Reviews for Slow Burn

½

A pretty decent crime thriller with a strong cast. Not a lot of action but I thought it was a good story with some decent plot twists. In some elements it is like the usual suspects in the way the story unfolds with quite a few red herrings along the way. An enjoyable film that seemed to slip under the radar.

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Deano78
Dean !

Super Reviewer

A sizzeling, sexy and blistering crime thriller. Bursting with riveting and nail-biting twist and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. The suspense snaps and crackels like live wire. Intelligent and satisfying. Smart, stylish and very compelling. It gets better as it rips through the layers. An explosively well-written and hard-hitting drama. Gripping and heart-pounding entertainment. A great and exceptional all-star cast. Ray Liotta rips through the screen with yet another memerising performance. He never fails to give an awsome portrayel. James Todd Smith is gives a great and confident performance.

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allan913
Al S

Super Reviewer

Slow Burn is a clever and stylized crime drama. The story follows district attorney Ford Cole as he investigates an assault on his assistant Nora Timmer, but the investigation takes a strange turn when an informant tells him that Timmer is working for a local crime lord. The cast includes Ray Liotta, Jolene Blalock, Mekhi Phifer, and LL Cool J; all of whom give good performances. Additionally, the story is well crafted, and is able to effectively build suspense and dramatic tension. Full of intrigue and mystery, Slow Burn is a provocative film that's quite compelling.

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Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]In "Slow Burn," district attorney Ford Cole(Ray Liotta) is running for mayor on a record of being tough on organized crime with the help of his forceful assistant district attorney Nora Timmer(Jolene Blalock). But this has also earned him his share of enemies, including the legendary gangster Danny Ludin who runs the Omen gang.(Ludin is so twisted that he has taped every episode of "Friends.") One night while riding with reporter Ty Trippin(Chiwetel Ejiofor), Ford receives word that Nora killed Isaac Duperde(Mekhi Phifer), a music store worker who met her a week before and raped her. But a friend and coworker of Isaac's, Luther Pinks(LL Cool J), contradicts her by saying that Isaac and Nora have been acquainted for months.(This does not mean that she was not raped...) As proof, he mentions a tattoo on Nora's backside that Ford is familiar with from their lovemaking...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Slow Burn" is a stylish attempt to do a modern noir with an erotic edge(shown perfectly in Jolene Blalock's barefoot stride across the music store) that starts promisingly, but eventually ties itself into so many knots that it just becomes one huge mess. Still, despite the obvious cinematic references("The Usual Suspects" and "Rashomon" to name a couple), there are some interesting thoughts on the subject of race, especially with how differently Ford and Luther view Nora who has light brown skin. What would have helped is if the movie's timeframe had been extended from one night, so as to properly develop a potentially vibrant milieu.[/font]

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Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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