Burning Man 2012

Burning Man

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After the death of his wife (Bojana Novakovic), a father (Matthew Goode) gives in to grief and anger and uses casual sex to cope with his pain.

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Critic Reviews for Burning Man

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (6)

  • Foodies looking for a good cry, bon appétit.

    July 26, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Burning Man leans heavily on a scrambled chronology, and likewise feels tonally mixed up, but it certainly does keep you guessing.

    July 25, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, the answers to these questions turn out to be less involving than Teplitzky's methods in asking them.

    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The extremity of the film's slice-and-dice approach is invigorating at the outset but may also prompt viewers to suspect they're being challenged for no good reason.

    September 15, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Arrives in carefully mapped out bits and pieces to provide an excellently executed emotional punch to the gut that while not being completely autobiographical, obviously bares authenticity from the heart and soul of writer/director Jonathan Leplitzky.

    February 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • You'd think the plentiful nude women and an enjoyably cocky Matthew Goode to seduce them would be the most risqué aspect of "Burning Man," but it's actually the film's structure that's most audacious.

    January 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Burning Man

  • Jun 12, 2014
    "Burning Man" starts with Tom(Matthew Goode), a cook, failing to be able to masturbate to orgasm in front of Lesley(Kate Beahan). His day only gets worse when he is involved on the wrong end of a car accident which actually looks it might be serious enough to cook him in his own juices, especially considering he had been shopping for groceries just beforehand. That gives him a lot of time to think back on the birthday party for his eight year old son Oscar(Jack Heanly) and how it all went wrong. "Burning Man" is a challenging and engaging stream of consciousness movie. Unlike say "Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime," which gets hung up on a wonky time travel plot, "Burning Man" has no such distractions. It is only concerned with the relationships between characters which while possibly confusing at first, eventually become clear, along with Tom's motivations and fixations, on the way to finding the tragedy at the heart of his life. Abd underlining that is Matthew Goode who shows that he can play volatile characters just as well as the restrained characters he usually plays.
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  • Nov 19, 2011
    'Burning Man'. Matthew Goode is commanding in this tale of love and loss, told in disjointed fashion. The car crash was a thing of beauty.
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