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Slow Burn Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 13, 2007
The plot - at once convoluted and transparent - seems little more than a frame upon which a series of soft focus sex scenes might be hung.
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100
Scott Weinberg
April 13, 2007
As tiresome as it is beholden to a dozen (much better) crime stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 16, 2007
Deficiencies aside, Slow Burn is almost worth seeing.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kam Williams
August 29, 2007
A slow death.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
April 16, 2007
Its cavalcade of 'twists' in the last 20 minutes come off the conveyor belt so quickly and haphazardly that they all wind up in a big pile on the floor, waiting to be snorted at by incredulous viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 16, 2007
Nothing is what it seems -- unless it seems cheesy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
David Cornelius
July 24, 2007
The screenplay is riddled with so many problems, clichés, cheats, and borrowed ideas that the movie never takes off on a story level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michelle Kung
Boston Globe
April 16, 2007
A lesson in how not to make a multiple-viewpoint mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Erik Childress
September 22, 2005
The millisecond its all over you'll be wondering if the ink has dried on the court papers filed by Bryan Singer and Christopher McQuarrie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 16, 2007
The theme of racial confusion that attempts to underlie this would-be noirish murder mystery becomes just one more unintentionally hilarious aspect...
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 28, 2007
Barely flickers as a far-fetched urban tale of chameleon-like characters.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 16, 2007
Slow Burn is a wooden police thriller that is as dull as it is impenetrable and ultimately beyond ludicrous.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 16, 2007
The bigger problem is that for all the plot turns and reversals and flashes of action that Beach has structured into his film, there's an elusive extra something that's missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 16, 2007
If you have not figured out the identity of Luden by the finale, it will only be because you do not care.
| Original Score: 1/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 19, 2006
While Slow Burn does admittedly pick up towards the end - as the film morphs into a flat-out ripoff of The Usual Suspects - there's virtually nothing in the first hour that even comes close to holding the viewer's interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2007
Shelved for over a year, this incompetent mystery thriller stops periodically so some character or other can deliver an expository speech and pull the plot back on track, but by the end the story has turned into a hair ball.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 29, 2007
LL Cool J's ambition to make it sound as if he's "doin' it" with every syllable that comes out of his mouth works to campily put the fire out on the film's offensive pretense to race consciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
April 18, 2007
A strange, sprained, but sprightly fusion of The Usual Suspects and the Tragic Mulatto, Slow Burn wants badly to turn its standard neo-noir into a nuanced racial chiaroscuro.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 13, 2007
Beach's storytelling tactics, much like the film as a whole, would simply be annoying if they weren't also borderline insulting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 18, 2007
When a movie has been sitting around since 2003, why wouldn't you just throw it at the DVD shelf rather than subjecting big-screen audiences to it?
Full Review| Original Score: .5/4
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