Burning Bush Reviews

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August 30, 2019
As powerfully enthralling as it is emotionally resonant, Burning Bush is Holland's most rewarding film in years.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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