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From John Landis, the director of Animal House and The Blues Brothers, Burke & Hare is adark comedy/thriller staring Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Curry and Isla Fisher as the unfortunate denizens of 19th century Edinburgh, a setting rife with murder, theft, prostitution, corpse snatching, experimental medicine, and of course Shakespeare. -- (C) IFC Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rarely has the ratio of quality talent to dismal returns been as high as in "Burke & Hare,'' a macabre British period piece that's nowhere near as funny as it thinks."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It's just scene after scene of two obnoxious people killing various other obnoxious people."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Burke And Hare is a damning return for Ealing. It's self conscious and off putting cameos ruin the film. Full of misjudged humour, mixing immature humour with overly mature gore makes this one not funny in the slightest."
‑ Will Chadwick, We Got This Covered
"Not a first-ranked film, but for fans of horror or even just comedy, BURKE AND HARE is will worth seeing."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"...simply too mild - it's neither very scary nor very funny. It's not great."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
""Burke and Hare" is a waste of a good cast and a better story, as well as a hollow reminder of how John Landis seemingly has lost his touch."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"All of the actors are enjoying themselves, and the movie is stuffed with history, atmosphere and vivid characters. What's in short supply, though, is laughter."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Landis is too out of practice. I'm not sure 1981 Landis would have nailed it, but I know 2011 Landis doesn't."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"'Burke & Hare', it's all a bit Monty Python without enough Monty or Python."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Expectations can be a bad thing for movies, and Burke And Hare is a good example of this."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
"A droll take on one of the most notorious mass-murder cases of the 19th century."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"To call it a black comedy is probably misleading: It's grey at best, and apart from a few scattered chuckles, it dies as quickly and gracelessly as Burke and Hare's victims."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"A misfire to be sure, Burke & Hare's comedic timing feels one step off, resulting in a film with solid performances and an amusing story, but not many laughs and not much replay value."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Landis, the master comic talent behind Animal House and An American Werewolf in London, falters with this rusty comeback, his first feature since 1998."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"A mildly funny dark comedy with iconic British wit and tongue-in-cheek humor."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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