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Based on 18 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The main drawbacks of The Burning Plain are its intentionally coy narrative and a zero-hour revelation that's ill-thought-out and generates some pretty chintzy psychobabble. It's the wobbliest element in an admirable, complex and frustrating movie. show more

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    For a film that strives so hard to show the sheer messiness of real people's lives, Burning Plain does have an impossibly neat ending. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    All the actresses, especially Theron, are appropriately haunted, but let's hope Arriaga's love of echoes, fate and coincidence has run its mopey course. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    An ambitious, visually handsome production which fails to ignite. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Told chronologically, it might have accumulated considerable power. Told as a labyrinthine tangle of intercut timelines and locations, it is a frustrating exercise in self-indulgence by writer-director Guillermo Arriaga. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    The best performance here comes from a Mexican child actress, Tessa Ia, as half of one of the fraught mother-daughter relationships. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Cole The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It's possible to admire the performances of stars Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger in The Burning Plain , even as you backpedal from the film, hoping the ponderous megasoap will just go away. show more

  • 50
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Initially, the puzzle structure and a pair of Oscar-winning actresses distract us from the dark vacuum at the center of this enterprise, but when it implodes, it doesn't reverberate. show more

  • 38
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Here the characters aren't compelling enough to ask viewers to give their brains a workout to determine exactly what's going on. show more

  • 90
    Film Threat

    In The Burning Plain, another directorial debut, sensationalism is on order, but it's buttressed by fear, suffering, and desire – the schizo-blend that makes Arriaga's scripts so unique. show more

  • March 01, 2010 Daze
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    This is a great movie, It keeps you interested and keeps you wondering. Great acting overall. I really enjoyed this little film. I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a great plot along with good editing and music. A MUST see.

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