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Burning Bush Reviews

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February 25, 2019
The opening is sensational and, as if the narrative weren't compelling enough, [Agnieszka] Holland keeps trying to top it for the rest of the movie with a hectic, hyper dramatic camera style.
March 29, 2017
Brilliant, ambitious, and moving.
May 22, 2016
... a return to form for Holland, whose great films of the eighties and nineties (Angry Harvest, 1985, Europa Europa, 1990) combined the political, social and personal with a fiery volatility.
April 12, 2016
It's a massive story of secret heroism, perfect for pop cinema-and with Holland's film, the time for movies to explore it may be nigh.
August 31, 2015
In its focus on everyday citizens, Burning Bush kindles and then fans a flickering hope for the masses of individuals down and out, waiting and wanting to rise up, consumed not by hate or fear but a desire for a fairer system and better lives.
August 24, 2014
Political thriller, procedural, emotional drama and rousing cry for basic human rights and values, "Burning Bush" is a deep investigative look at gross abuses of power in late '60s communist Czechoslovakia and those that fought against it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 7, 2014
Just because Eastern Bloc period pieces are almost always stately and elegiac doesn't mean a largely compelling movie like this shouldn't still manage to surprise us once or twice over the course of four hours.
July 24, 2014
Enthralling ...
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 16, 2014
Beyond the history, keeps the focus intensely on the intimate and personal impact and political repercussions for those on all sides of Communist authoritarianism.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
June 13, 2014
Holland never risks overlooking the hardship that comes with being on the right side of history. "Burning Bush" is a riposte to the idea that there's anything beautiful about dying for your beliefs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
June 12, 2014
Elegantly scripted with an edge of biting gallows humor by Stepan Hulik, Burning Bush blends an intimate domestic drama with a thrilling Cold War procedural ...
June 12, 2014
[An] absorbing, intelligent account of the fallout resulting from a young Czech student's symbolic self-immolation at the close of the Prague Spring [...]
June 11, 2014
An absorbing docudrama that maintains a gratifying equilibrium between hope and cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 11, 2014
"Burning Bush" really isn't intended for American viewers, and you may need to do a little homework or scramble to keep up. Generally speaking, it's highly worth it.
June 10, 2014
[A] thoughtful, gripping, crisply acted new film.
June 10, 2014
It's tense, pained, unfailingly intelligent, and distinguished by the occasional visual flourish ...
June 10, 2014
Don't be daunted by its length -- this historically rooted poetical thriller based on the events of the Prague Spring has a rare intelligence and drive that make the hours fairly fly by.
June 10, 2014
'Burning Bush' is a rare accomplishment [...] and true to its HBO roots, it works as a fleet-of-foot juicy plot-delivery system.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 8, 2014
The decentralized narrative benefits from the film's original conception as a miniseries, with plenty of time to draw us into the morass that was the communist state.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2014
A sobering look at the battle between Soviet military overlords and a band of courageous freedom fighters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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