Burke and Hare Reviews

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.
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 9, 2011
A droll take on one of the most notorious mass-murder cases of the 19th century.
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
Burke & Hare offers many pleasures, chief among them the return of the Landis of old.
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 6, 2011
Landis renders his Burke and Hare sociopolitically toothless and bizarrely insensitive.
September 6, 2011
If it's altogether more cozy than American Werewolf, its ultimately upbeat charm is nevertheless pretty pleasingly fractured.
June 16, 2011
Veteran comedy director John Landis returns with this pitch-black, factually based tale about two money-hungry 19th-century Irishmen who meet the Edinburgh medical community's demand for fresh corpses by murdering people.
October 29, 2010
It goes for pace and parody rather than wit, abounding with Victorian clichés about grasping anatomical surgeons, drunken dolls, daft soldiers and pompous worthies. The consolation lies in the minor roles.
October 29, 2010
Unpleasant drivel that tries to make fun out of murder.
October 27, 2010
The humour may be too broad in places -- corpse-based slapstick pales with repetition -- but, for the most part, 'Burke and Hare' is well-timed and often funny.
October 27, 2010
Where the script stumbles is in its absence of any especially funny setpieces or memorable lines.