Born in Flames
Born in Flames (1983)

Meant to take place in the near future, this film looks at the rights of women under a socialist society in the U.S. -- and finds nothing has changed. Accompanied by a strong musical soundtrack, the composition of women's groups is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 13, 2006
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Lizzie Borden's 16mm independent production, which took some two years to complete, appears to have all the advantages and the disadvantages of a home movie.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Interesting as a historical curio but nearly unwatchable as entertainment.

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Rob Gonsalves

The uninitiated should expect more passion than polish.

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Frances Dickinson
Time Out

Borden charts the explosive coming together of the women as they forge their own liberation, handling her story with audacity and making even the driest argument crackle with humour, while the more poignant moments burn with a fierce white heat.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Made piecemeal over a number of years and first released in 1983, this 90-minute comic fantasy has lost little of its radical edge.

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Emanuel Levy

Situated at an unspecified future (that seems suspiciously like the present), Lizzie Borden's debut is neither a fatnasy nor an allegory, though it has an interesting feminist idea at its center.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Born in Flames, while inventive, is also much too diffuse and overcrowded.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This feminist film wins laurels for close attention to detail in a radical filmmaking effort.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Beautifully made, courageously edited, and swift-moving, this challenging, provocative film is a work that is both humanist and revolutionary.

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Stella Dallas
set in a future nyc, tho it sure looks like the 80s, the film posits a post-revolutionary socialist society that isn't the great success the government… More