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The Burning Plain Reviews

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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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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?"
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 26, 2010
When so many cinema releases are instantly forgettable, The Burning Plain clings to the memory...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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 22, 2010
It's a hard film to love, partly because of its air of deadly seriousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 21, 2010
Even if the film is a little contrived, it's quite a haunting experience...
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 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
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 24, 2009
Theron continues her string of terrific and daring thespian performances. She lays bare her body and soul in this unforgettable heartbreaking turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 23, 2009
The film isn't entirely believable in some places, but I did admire the skill of the storytelling and the neat way all the pieces come together.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 18, 2009
It lacks whatever Inarritu brought ... something like a joyful playfulness to leaven the dolefulness of Arriaga's literary vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
October 4, 2009
Suggestions of a potential smash keep the audience hoping this film will come together but in the end it is too much and too little.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 2, 2009
Possibly the stories fit too neatly. If so, it's hardly a fatal flaw.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 18, 2009
Poignant story of infidelity, loss, remorse; not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 18, 2009
I sat in the theater quietly letting it all sink in, the trickle of tears flowing steadily upon my cheek ones I hesitated to wipe away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2009
Arriaga's affinity for the humanistic ... propels The Burning Plain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2009
A multi-narrative film that explores the challenges of coming to terms with the past and putting it behind us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 15, 2009
An emotionally naked performance by Theron, an actress who knows how to reveal herself without making a big deal of it. It's a showcase role, but not a showy one.
September 14, 2009
A convoluted, cinematic jigsaw puzzle of Shakespearean proportions!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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