Reviews

Nov 21, 2020
The Burning Plain has individual scenes that are powerful and moving, but in the end the whole is considerably less than the sum of its parts.
Nov 7, 2019
A calculated intensity. High polish. Exquisite cinematography. An interesting story with an extremely well done interlacing of "chapters" and characters.
Aug 5, 2019
Both uninspired and languorous, a bland and anonymous concoction.
Dec 5, 2018
The Burning Plain is a dark drama, but one that offers hope - if you're willing to wait for the story to untangle its way to its natural end.
Oct 7, 2015
If you are willing to turn a blind eye to the inherently hackneyed nature of "The Burning Plain," though, the film turns out to be somewhat rewarding.
Nov 17, 2013
What's that smell? The plain isn't the only thing that's charred in screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga's directorial debut; subtlety goes up in flames too.
Apr 4, 2011
Mar 13, 2011
Deep-seated emotional problems are examined in a complex movie that, as ever with Arriaga, refuses to fit into a straightforward narrative.
Jan 31, 2011
Knowing ... that it's a 20-year old story, one can only conclude the idea behind the film would have been best left unfilmed, an unfinished step toward greater things.
Sep 28, 2010
Babel director shows his hand too soon
Aug 12, 2010
Arriaga's multi-narrative format got the best of him. Rather than deliver a sense of shock and awe, it's swallowed up by complexity, leaving you to wonder, "This is it?"
Apr 26, 2010
When so many cinema releases are instantly forgettable, The Burning Plain clings to the memory...
Apr 24, 2010
A melancholy but also profoundly uplifting film by the talented Guillermo Arriaga. Storytelling is an artform and Arriaga is a master
Apr 23, 2010
I think Ariaga needs to find another structuring device: this is way too complex, and Arriaga is so busy time-shifting that it takes quite a while to figure out who the characters are, and the way their relationships come together.
Apr 22, 2010
It's a hard film to love, partly because of its air of deadly seriousness.
Apr 21, 2010
Even if the film is a little contrived, it's quite a haunting experience...
Apr 21, 2010
Once it all clicks into place and viewers are left to engage with the characters, the heavy misery and self-importance of the piece becomes overwhelming.
Jan 21, 2010
None of the characters breathe... They're knocked helplessly, lifelessly around in the service of the oh-so-serious story.
Dec 12, 2009
Charlize Theron and Kim Bassinger star in an intriguing drama where past and present are brought together to reveal how you can be redeemed through love
Nov 13, 2009
A dreary mess directed and written by Guillermo Arriaga. Since it is Arriaga's first directing assignment, he can only blame his screenwriter for this uninvolving melodrama.