Burning (Beoning) Reviews

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April 19, 2019
This is the kind of film that all but demands a second viewing in order to appreciate the complex elegance of the design, assembled from details systematically calculated to lend themselves to more than one interpretation.
February 4, 2019
Wave your lighters in the air. This bleak movie is one of the year's best.
February 1, 2019
A twisted love triangle at the core of this Korean thriller...becomes something far more unsettling thanks to a bracing midway plot jolt and a powerful atmosphere of doom and dread created by the director Lee Chang-dong.
January 31, 2019
So much ambiguous detail to ponder, while the visual design insidiously marks your memory.
December 14, 2018
Lee Chang-dong's "Burning" will leave you breathless.
November 30, 2018
The film paints vivid portraits of three distinct characters and inspires sympathy with a bewildered protagonist; moreover, it depicts a particular social milieu in such a way that one comes to see it as existing beyond the subjects' control.
November 29, 2018
A languorous, catlike psychological puzzle from one of the essential international masters, Lee Chang-dong...
November 27, 2018
This absorbing, if fitfully frustrating, portrait of love, obsession and jealousy is rarely less than fascinating. It's also a fine showcase for Steven Yeun ("The Walking Dead"), who proves he's much more than a Happy Meal for zombies.
November 27, 2018
The kind of movie whose takeaways you could spend hours debating and still feel miles away from being sure of anything at all.
November 15, 2018
A beautifully cryptic slow burner that lingers long in the senses.
November 14, 2018
With Lee's exacting eye, the off-kilter tone and top-notch performances by an attractive young cast, it's not a waste of time.
November 9, 2018
For a film that tires so hard to subvert standard methods of storytelling, the action that climaxes the film comes as a cheat, a commercial concession of the lowest order.
November 8, 2018
Lee plays the actors off one another to create a compelling exploration of human nature.
November 2, 2018
"Burning" keeps reminding us how little we can be sure of. Its mysteries extend through character, plot and the essence of fiction to the real world as we think we know it.
November 1, 2018
A movie of shadows and light that gets at populist rage by way of incendiary metaphor.
October 29, 2018
Lee's adaptation is at once elastically free, with many details changed, and loyal to Murakami's blend of the perplexing and the crystalline.
October 29, 2018
A discursive, unsettling movie that is all the more so for being essentially undefinable.
October 26, 2018
Burning,... sways with a mysterious heartache. It's ostensibly a psychological thriller, loosely adapted from a 1992 short story by Haruki Murakami, but every plot turn burns with an existential sorrow.
October 26, 2018
A great film, engrossing, suspenseful, and strange.
Top Critic
October 26, 2018
Burning takes its pulpy mid-point turn without surrendering the sense of ambiguity and ambivalence it evinced in its opening scenes.
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