Burke and Hare
Burke and Hare (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 20, 2011
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

It's just scene after scene of two obnoxious people killing various other obnoxious people.

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Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered

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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"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.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

Landis is too out of practice. I'm not sure 1981 Landis would have nailed it, but I know 2011 Landis doesn't.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

A droll take on one of the most notorious mass-murder cases of the 19th century.

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Ian Buckwalter
NPR

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.

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R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Odd, funny little movie...
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Cast: Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Curry, Ronnie Corbett, Hugh Bonneville, David Schofield, Allan Corduner Director: John Landis… More
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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] It's supposedly a horror comedy according to the marketing strategy it used.… More
Matt Goodman
Burke: I had confidence in a fart once, and I shat all over myself. Burke and Hare can come off as awfully silly in many instances. It also comes off as… More
Scott Green
Yes, there is a fair bit of comedy thrown into the mix along with some prestigious actors and actresses, for a grim-ish yet relaxing saturday afternoon flick.
Sophie Burgess
An interesting film which several good laughs in it but certainly not hilariously funny. Would have liked an introduction into how they became friends.… More

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