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The Burning Plain Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
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.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
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
Perri Nemiroff
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
David Stratton
The Australian
April 26, 2010
When so many cinema releases are instantly forgettable, The Burning Plain clings to the memory...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 24, 2010
A melancholy but also profoundly uplifting film by the talented Guillermo Arriaga. Storytelling is an artform and Arriaga is a master
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
April 22, 2010
It's a hard film to love, partly because of its air of deadly seriousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
April 21, 2010
Even if the film is a little contrived, it's quite a haunting experience...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Weaving
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
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
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
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 2, 2009
Possibly the stories fit too neatly. If so, it's hardly a fatal flaw.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
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-
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
September 18, 2009
Poignant story of infidelity, loss, remorse; not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
September 17, 2009
Arriaga's affinity for the humanistic ... propels The Burning Plain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
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.
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
September 14, 2009
A convoluted, cinematic jigsaw puzzle of Shakespearean proportions!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
September 14, 2009
Erotic and haunting, filled with fateful concepts and indelible imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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