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Let The Fire Burn Reviews

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September 18, 2017
Director Jason Osder has created a film that is an accurate capsule of one extraordinary human rights violation approved and carried out by the political hierarchy of Philadelphia in 1983.
March 28, 2017
There have been many documentaries comprised entirely out of archival footage, but few as powerfully and masterfully structured as this one.
June 13, 2014
Director Jason Osder's grieving account of the deadly police assault on the MOVE collective's fortified Philadelphia row house works small, continuous miracles with a variety of existing footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 13, 2014
[This historic footage -- from newsreels, TV stations once-live coverage, from several investigating commissions -- has been edited, brilliantly into a coherent, important political film.
June 13, 2014
Jason Osder's stunning debut documentary offers a disturbing look at a forgotten tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2014
[Osder] cuts between news footage of the events as they unfurled and testimony from hearings held afterward to create a stark, nonjudgmental portrait of an incident that probably needn't have happened.
May 13, 2014
It's a remarkably evenhanded telling of a story in which there could be no winners, using archival footage alone.
February 17, 2014
Let The Fire Burn is an incendiary documentary that uses archival footage to weave a compelling, all-important tale of tragedy bred from anger and misunderstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
January 23, 2014
"Let the Fire Burn" offers a searing picture of how dumb and dangerous humans can be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 10, 2013
It's scary as both a movie and a still-reverberating moment in time.
December 6, 2013
Brilliantly edited, the film moves back and forth in time, first tracking the events leading up to the confrontation through news reports of the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 5, 2013
A unique and disturbing work, Jason Osder's documentary "Let the Fire Burn" uses only archival footage to tell the story of a terrible day in a Philadelphia neighborhood 28 years ago.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 5, 2013
Eschews talking-heads tradition in its potent examination of the 1985 Philadelphia police firebombing of a radical group known as MOVE.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 5, 2013
Osder creates both intensity and intimacy, inviting viewers simply to watch and listen as a tragedy - born of unchecked aggression, incoherent ideology and appallingly faulty logic - unfolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 14, 2013
Apart from the score and the very occasional basic intertitle to help us along, all we see and hear is footage from the day. We're immersed in the present of this world.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 7, 2013
It's gripping and shocking.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 7, 2013
Mesmerizing and provocative, Burn creates an unnerving atmosphere of troubling decisions on both sides of the conflict, permitting the viewer to understand the thought process that went into the explosive endgame.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 1, 2013
Quietly terrifying.
November 1, 2013
No contemporary talking heads; none needed.
November 1, 2013
A stain on a city's past
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