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Let The Fire Burn Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 13, 2014
Jason Osder's stunning debut documentary offers a disturbing look at a forgotten tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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.
Ellen Gray
Philadelphia Daily News
May 13, 2014
It's a remarkably evenhanded telling of a story in which there could be no winners, using archival footage alone.
Isaac Feldberg
We Got This Covered
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 23, 2014
"Let the Fire Burn" offers a searing picture of how dumb and dangerous humans can be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
December 10, 2013
It's scary as both a movie and a still-reverberating moment in time.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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
Matt Prigge
Metro
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 7, 2013
It's gripping and shocking.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
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-
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 1, 2013
Quietly terrifying.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 1, 2013
No contemporary talking heads; none needed.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 1, 2013
A stain on a city's past
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
November 1, 2013
Shocking events in Philadelphia get their day at the movies
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 1, 2013
Piecing the components together, and only sparingly deploying intertitle cards for clarity, Let the Fire Burn brings this 28-year-old tragedy front and center again - vividly, viscerally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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