Born in Flames - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Born in Flames Reviews

Page 1 of 1
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
February 19, 2016
The U.S. premiere of the newly restored Born in Flames gives us all an opportunity to reassess this indie classic.
Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine
February 15, 2016
It fuses documentary and dramatic sequences into a free-form narrative that exists somewhere between essay film, political manifesto, and exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Richard Brody
New Yorker
February 15, 2016
Borden's exhilarating collage-like story stages news reports, documentary sequences, and surveillance footage alongside tough action scenes and musical numbers; her violent vision is both ideologically complex and chilling.

TV Guide
December 30, 2014
This feminist film wins laurels for close attention to detail in a radical filmmaking effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
December 10, 2008
Lizzie Borden's 16mm independent production, which took some two years to complete, appears to have all the advantages and the disadvantages of a home movie.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
April 21, 2007
The uninitiated should expect more passion than polish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Borden charts the explosive coming together of the women as they forge their own liberation, handling her story with audacity and making even the driest argument crackle with humour, while the more poignant moments burn with a fierce white heat.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
May 10, 2006
Situated at an unspecified future (that seems suspiciously like the present), Lizzie Borden's debut is neither a fatnasy nor an allegory, though it has an interesting feminist idea at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Born in Flames, while inventive, is also much too diffuse and overcrowded.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Beautifully made, courageously edited, and swift-moving, this challenging, provocative film is a work that is both humanist and revolutionary.
Top Critic
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 30, 2001
Interesting as a historical curio but nearly unwatchable as entertainment.
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Made piecemeal over a number of years and first released in 1983, this 90-minute comic fantasy has lost little of its radical edge.
Page 1 of 1