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Let The Fire Burn Reviews

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
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.
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 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
October 31, 2013
Uses no narrators, talking heads or fancy graphics to tell its devastating story. It doesn't need to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 31, 2013
Eloquent, even-handed, and meticulously constructed ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 17, 2013
It earns its considerable impact by telling an unnerving story and leaving it, in ways both daring and effective, fundamentally unresolved.
October 17, 2013
Jason Osder's gripping documentary revisits the notorious 1985 police raid against the black liberation group MOVE in west Philadelphia.
October 4, 2013
[A] lean and deeply unsettling archival-footage documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 4, 2013
Let the Fire Burn offers an even-handed depiction of the racial conflict that led to the conflagration on Osage Avenue.
October 4, 2013
The pure-archive approach leaves a taste of despair; civic governance, it seems, can't even promise not to kill you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2013
Jason Osder's riveting documentary chronicles the escalating confrontations between the Philadelphia police and the radical group Move.
October 1, 2013
Seamlessly fashioned from television news footage, public hearings and other sources, the movie relives an incredible chapter in American history.
October 1, 2013
A first-rate piece of forensic filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 1, 2013
There's never enough information.
September 29, 2013
Let the Fire Burn is a time machine. It shows there are truths out there waiting to be found-that footage already shot can make history in all its terrible finality breathe.