The Burning Plain Reviews

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April 22, 2010
It's a hard film to love, partly because of its air of deadly seriousness.
October 16, 2009
Throw in enough symbolism to choke an English-lit major and you have a film challenge that too often feels like a chore.
October 16, 2009
If Arriaga had allowed us to spend more time with the key characters in this extended tragedy, or had spent some time punching up the plot, The Burning Plain might have had a chance.
October 2, 2009
Possibly the stories fit too neatly. If so, it's hardly a fatal flaw.
September 25, 2009
It's serious stuff, intended for serious movie people. The only problem is, serious movie people have already been there, done that.
September 25, 2009
The result is confusion, not catharsis.
August 5, 2019
Both uninspired and languorous, a bland and anonymous concoction.
December 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.
October 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.
November 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.
April 4, 2011
March 13, 2011
Deep-seated emotional problems are examined in a complex movie that, as ever with Arriaga, refuses to fit into a straightforward narrative.
January 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.
September 28, 2010
Babel director shows his hand too soon
August 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?"
April 26, 2010
When so many cinema releases are instantly forgettable, The Burning Plain clings to the memory...
April 24, 2010
A melancholy but also profoundly uplifting film by the talented Guillermo Arriaga. Storytelling is an artform and Arriaga is a master
April 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.
April 21, 2010
Even if the film is a little contrived, it's quite a haunting experience...
April 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.
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