Burn Country Reviews

January 16, 2017
Despite some atmospheric touches, the film doesn't offer much meaningful insight into the struggle of a man trying desperately to assimilate into a new culture.
December 9, 2016
Nothing that follows Burn Country's jarring opening scene, which drops us without warning into an ongoing performance of an avant-garde play, quite lives up to its audacious intensity and strangeness.
December 9, 2016
Drama about Afghani "fixer" in U.S. has mature content.
December 8, 2016
Mr. Rains, Ms. Leo and Mr. Franco are all so interesting that you wish they had more to bite into. But the film has a transfixing quality nonetheless.
December 8, 2016
There's plenty of intelligence and atmosphere in play here - Adam Newport-Berra's fluid, textured cinematography is a standout, and the performances, especially Rains' charismatic portrait of someone scarred yet innocent, are engaging.
December 7, 2016
The performances are first rate, particularly Rains' work in the lead role.
December 7, 2016
More of an interesting thesis than a compelling drama, but it's anchored by Rains' sturdy performance as a man whose open-minded curiosity about his new home disengages his natural wariness, for both better and worse.
December 6, 2016
The movie - at first scrappy and strange but an increasingly tough sit as it goes - never fixes its gaze on any singularly compelling idea.
December 4, 2016
For a film that warns against believing in a mirage, Burn Country seems all too comfortable perpetuating one.
September 9, 2016
Sitaru effortlessly balances the demands of the thriller genre with careful characterizations and a sympathetic, never-judgmental look at poverty and crime.
June 13, 2016
Though [Rains is] strong in The Fixer, willing to push his character's initially endearing curiousity into aggressive and stubborn places and show real emotional confusion in a foreign land, the picture is otherwise a mixed bag.
May 5, 2016
Rains... brings such a sense of purpose to the part that the movie never goes slack.
April 20, 2016
A well-acted, slow burning indie, The Fixer uses thriller mechanisms to examine insular, tribal cultures through the eyes of an outsider.
April 17, 2016
A droll ostensible mystery whose investigation (let alone resolution) takes a back seat to the revealing eccentricities of characters and communities encountered en route.
April 16, 2016
Ian Olds's film is essentially a standard backwoods noir tale given a topical twist.