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Burning Man Reviews

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Joshua Blackman
FILMINK (Australia)
November 17, 2011
It's an interesting but failed experiment.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 12, 2011
Oddly, for all its deep emotional touchstones and the profoundly sad plot, the film doesn't ignite the fires of our emotions
Tom Ryan
The Age (Australia)
November 17, 2011
Unfortunately, the answers to these questions turn out to be less involving than Teplitzky's methods in asking them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
November 18, 2011
The emotional payoff is undermined by the structural play -- a strategy that distracts rather than enhances.
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
November 18, 2011
If this film was a car, I'd say it was over-engineered. The jangling mosaic goes on so long we lose sympathy with the main character.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 23, 2011
...Burning Man's effectiveness is consistently (and ultimately) diminished significantly by its continuously ostentatious structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sarah Ward
November 17, 2011
Teplitzky's intimate, intricate connection to his content is key to the success of this powerful and poignant portrait.
Tom Clift
November 18, 2011
As a complete package, Burning Man is very good, but a little too pristine to be great.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
July 25, 2012
Burning Man leans heavily on a scrambled chronology, and likewise feels tonally mixed up, but it certainly does keep you guessing.
Clem Bastow
The Vine
November 17, 2011
Teplitzky's expressionist handling of all those wonderful contradictions is what makes Burning Man a resounding triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
November 16, 2011
Matthew Goode delivers a wonderful performance as Tom. He's a character that you want to sympathise with but he makes it difficult with some of his not-so-likeable outbursts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Fiona Williams
January 31, 2012
Teplitzky replaces meaningful silences and emotive strings with frenetic energy and alternate scene takes...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
November 13, 2011
A highly imaginative, deeply moving and incredibly brave film, boosted by a lead performance so intense, you'd swear the man's from another planet.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
November 20, 2011
Fuelled by confident direction and awe inspiring performances, Burning Man is an uncompromising exploration of how one man's grief leads him on a destructive and soul searching path to acceptance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 12, 2011
This is a powerful and moody film that delves into the A to Z of life, exploring love, death, sex, parenthood, frustration and acceptance
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
November 10, 2011
A film that will shock you with its honesty and its bravery. I can't wait to see it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
November 10, 2011
It packs such an emotional wallop this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
October 13, 2011
A gleaming magnum opus that stimulates the mind and massages the soul
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
November 17, 2011
The resounding positive of Burning Man is the first-class performance of Goode in the lead role, which truly leaves a lasting mark whenever the film takes its biggest risks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
July 30, 2012
It does reward the dedicated with a searing portrait of a man struggling with perspective, hunting for a way to bring himself back from the edge and prove himself to a world waiting for him. There's genuine beauty beneath the bustle.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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