Burke and Hare Reviews

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March 2, 2019
Burke and Hare is timid and dithering and blandly bad, and the new Ealing Studios seems unworthy of its inheritance, and it's all just a damn shame.
August 9, 2017
Burke and Hare fails at every turn. It's a romantic comedy without jokes or romance. It's a horror film without the horror.
November 9, 2013
Burke And Hare is a damning return for Ealing. It's self conscious and off putting cameos ruin the film. Full of misjudged humour, mixing immature humour with overly mature gore makes this one not funny in the slightest.
June 22, 2013
Landis is too out of practice. I'm not sure 1981 Landis would have nailed it, but I know 2011 Landis doesn't.
January 29, 2012
A misfire to be sure, Burke & Hare's comedic timing feels one step off, resulting in a film with solid performances and an amusing story, but not many laughs and not much replay value.
December 1, 2011
Rarely has the ratio of quality talent to dismal returns been as high as in "Burke & Hare,'' a macabre British period piece that's nowhere near as funny as it thinks.
November 29, 2011
Landis, the master comic talent behind Animal House and An American Werewolf in London, falters with this rusty comeback, his first feature since 1998.
November 25, 2011
...simply too mild - it's neither very scary nor very funny. It's not great.
October 27, 2011
"Burke and Hare" is a waste of a good cast and a better story, as well as a hollow reminder of how John Landis seemingly has lost his touch.
September 15, 2011
Expectations can be a bad thing for movies, and Burke And Hare is a good example of this.
September 9, 2011
It's just scene after scene of two obnoxious people killing various other obnoxious people.
September 9, 2011
All of the actors are enjoying themselves, and the movie is stuffed with history, atmosphere and vivid characters. What's in short supply, though, is laughter.
September 8, 2011
To call it a black comedy is probably misleading: It's grey at best, and apart from a few scattered chuckles, it dies as quickly and gracelessly as Burke and Hare's victims.
September 8, 2011
The actors give the whole thing a sense of genial goodwill, but that's not exactly what you want out of a movie about two craven murderers.
September 7, 2011
The film doesn't come within spitting distance of vintage Landis, e.g., Animal House or An American Werewolf in London. But at least it's not The Stupids.
September 7, 2011
Flat-footed, tone-deaf and finally cynical, Burke & Hare won't be sending viewers out on a comic high so much as on a wearisome low.
September 6, 2011
Landis renders his Burke and Hare sociopolitically toothless and bizarrely insensitive.
September 4, 2011
John Landis's first directorial effort in over a decade, Burke and Hare is essentially a series of multiplex-ready clichés adorning a weakly scandalous premise.
May 15, 2011
John Landis' attempt to add a punch line to the murderous escapades of two Irishmen in Scotland evokes all kinds of wrong in Burke & Hare.
May 12, 2011
A serial killer farce that's deadly dull
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