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Based on 14 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    For all it does right, there's something seriously wrong. show more

  • 40
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    The sort of cheesy thriller that would prove mildly diverting on late-night cable, Slow Burn at least features a terrific cast to enliven its familiar elements. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Beach blends all the performing styles smoothly: LL's blithe coolness, Blalock's sultry ambiguity, Liotta's slow-boiling intensity, Ejiofor's dapper amiability, Phifer's brooding intensity. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    No one and nothing can be taken at face value in Beach's twisty tale of secrets and lies, which buries its very interesting idea in a welter of ludicrous dialogue and skin-flick imagery. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    An amusingly preposterous last act keeps you guessing, or maybe keeps you ducking, as it lets rip an avalanche of startling revelations and double-crosses. Nothing is what it seems - unless it seems cheesy. show more

  • 38
    Boston Globe

    A veritable rip-off of 1995's "The Usual Suspects," Beach's crime caper not-so-subtly apes Bryan Singer's use of multiple red herrings and flashback-heavy interrogation scenes, but lacks the stylistic flair and sophisticated narrative skills to pull off a similar feat of cinematic intrigue. show more

  • 11
    Austin Chronicle

    The cast, particularly Liotta, walk around with befuddled expressions on their faces, perhaps wondering what on earth they’re doing in this movie and how they can find a new agent ASAP. show more

  • 58
    Scott Brown Entertainment Weekly

    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. show more

  • 40
    L.A. Weekly

    Yep, it’s Keyser Soze time. show more

  • 40
    Eddie Cockrell Variety

    What begins as a moderately interesting set of interconnected mysteries involving race and identity soon grows eye-rollingly laborious, not to mention increasingly derivative of Christopher McQuarrie's "Usual Suspects" script. show more

  • July 28, 2011 llouisevidic
    Report This User

    Slow Burn is the story of a D.A. played by Ray Liotta who wants to run for mayor of a large city. He has tried for years to catch a black crime lord, Danny Luden. A rape victim who murdered her assailant is brought in. He is astonished to see she is Nora Timmer, a prosecutor in his own office. She is a very sexy woman who is half black, half white, but could pass for Greek or Italian. She is unsure where she belongs. There are many sex scenes. She has afnaffair with Liotta and many others. The movie contains numerous well-handled flashbacks and forwards, many surprises, and many double crosses. Camera angles are good. At the end Nora has outwitted them all; she caused Danny to get caught and she has fled to the Cayman Islands with all the money. I am an average woman, not a professional critic and I tend to be kind in my evaluations. True, it is an old plot and certain characters act typically with little depth, but where others might call it a run of the mill police procedural full of cliches, I call it a passable evening\'s entertainment. Two stars of five. -- Louise in Michigan

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