Burning Palms

2010, Comedy/Drama, 1h 52m

8 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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The lives of five people in Los Angeles surge toward a dark and comic fate.

Cast & Crew

Zoe Saldana
Sarah Cotton
Rosamund Pike
Dedra Davenport
Lake Bell
Maryjane
Paz Vega
Blanca Juarez
Nick Stahl
Robert Kane
Robert Hoffman
Chad Bower
Colleen Camp
Barbara Barish
Emily Meade
Chloe Marx
Tyler Thompson
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Naz Jafri
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Vince Morella
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Matthew Margeson
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Seamus Tierney
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (5)

  • Christopher B. Landon's sordid anthology film never quite achieves the balance of melodrama and dark comedy for which it's aiming.

    January 14, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Landon's sardonic view of human nature and deft filmmaking skills - plus a raft of sharp portrayals - keep the viewer from pondering the preposterousness of certain situations and instead encourages going along with the fun.

    January 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Touching on taboo themes like rape, incest, and kinky bedroom exploits, Burning is a series of five Los Angeles-set short films that are only superficially provocative.

    January 13, 2011
  • Making his directorial debut, screenwriter Christopher Landon struggles so mightily to offend that he forgets to supply a rooting interest in his characters.

    January 13, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Burning Palms is too sick to attract the masses, but he's onto something subversively valid, and the film is never boring.

    January 12, 2011 | Rating: 2/4
  • Evinces enough hatred of mankind to make Todd Solondz look like a dedicated humanist.

    January 9, 2011 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…
  • Christopher B. Landon's sordid anthology film never quite achieves the balance of melodrama and dark comedy for which it's aiming.

    January 14, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Landon's sardonic view of human nature and deft filmmaking skills - plus a raft of sharp portrayals - keep the viewer from pondering the preposterousness of certain situations and instead encourages going along with the fun.

    January 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Touching on taboo themes like rape, incest, and kinky bedroom exploits, Burning is a series of five Los Angeles-set short films that are only superficially provocative.

    January 13, 2011
  • Making his directorial debut, screenwriter Christopher Landon struggles so mightily to offend that he forgets to supply a rooting interest in his characters.

    January 13, 2011 | Full Review…
  • I am one of the people that absolutely loves Burning Palms and its dark, twisted sense of humor. And trust me, you will be too.

    November 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Little sensitivity here, but the film's obsession with grim deeds and sinister turns of fate lends the five stories a welcome kick of ugliness, which is a fascinating screen sensation.

    January 20, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Burning Palms

  • Nov 04, 2011
    This movie is unconventional, simple, and so very entertaining. It appears that most people seem to hate this movie (based on the overall rating it has on here), but then again, it also seems like a lot of people have never heard of this movie (even though there are some fairly recognisable actors in it and it's relatively recent). All that aside though, I really liked it, and think that more people should give it a chance. It tells 5 different stories, and unlike so many other movies that tell multiple stories about multiple characters (e.g. Magnolia, Valentine's Day etc.) the mini-stories in this movie are not connected. I liked that. Made it almost like I was watching 5 different short films - though they did (stylistically and thematically) have some similar aspects. I think what I admired most was the variety within the movie. Some of the stories actually made me laugh out loud, whereas others could make me cringe. Furthermore, I can confidently say that all 5 plots were unique and different than pretty much anything I've ever seen before. Though they may start with a topic we've seen before to some extent, this film breaks out of the box and really takes things to a whole other level - explores options we may never have considered. I think it was creative, and that's something I'm very pleased to see happen in film these days. It's not about special effects or CGI, nor is it deeply emotional to the extent where you'd necessarily feel for the characters, but yet it's human enough that I think you can still connect to it. At the very least, this movie should be good for a few laughs, and maybe leave you with something to think about, and there isn't anything wrong with that. What did this movie teach me? Little boys with subtle lisps are the cutest things EVER!
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2011
    the trailer to this film was everybody's quick opinion on the film as they left the cinema and everybody said how bad and disgusting it was. that made me really want to watch it. It did live up to my expectations and was funny as hell. I'll never look at an Asian girl the same again.
    Shawn M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2011
    Five Tales That Will Mess You Up For Life. Not bad yet not great either. This film has many stories which could may be real in real life but totally messed up too. I think the cast was decently good and the director almost achieved his his goal but failed in alot other ways. Five tales of madness set in L.A. In "Green-Eyed Monster," a foul-mouthed 15-year-old comes home from private school to meet Dedra, the woman her dad plans to marry. Father-daughter antics creep Dedra out. In "Little Piggy," a woman can't get the stink off a finger she's used to stimulate her boyfriend during sex. "Buyer's Remorse" presents Tom and Gerry, a West Hollywood couple, who buy a child on the black market; she takes weeks to say her first word. In "Kangaroo Court," a nasty kid torments a maid in his household by stealing the placenta of her dead baby. In "Man Eater," a woman tracks down a rapist who has left his wallet at her house. When she finds him, what will she do?
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2011
    <i>"Five Tales That Will F#%! You Up For Life"</i> A subversive tale that interlaces five stories set in Los Angeles, where no taboo is left unexplored as each character careens toward a dark and often comic fate. <center><font size=+2 face="Century Schoolbook"><b><u>REVIEW</u></b></font></center> If you have a dark humor, and speak cynicism fluently - this movie is definitely worth your time. Usually when a movie depicts a couple of different stories with a common denominator, shown one following the other, not interlacing, it is used in order to show "a bigger picture", which brings me to one of the two only issues with this film (in my opinion): there is no bigger picture. If you're looking for a final scene that will connect all the dots together, you should know there isn't any. It's just not this kind of movie, nothing to be disappointed about. The other thing that might bother you, is the lack of "tightness" in the plots. This becomes very apparent in the different endings - as if the writer had an excellent idea for five sketches, but not a movie. A film that isn't going to be everyone's tea, with some of the set-ups leading to some very outrageous, absurdist scenarios but worth watching only once.
    Lorenzo v Super Reviewer

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