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Burn is a character-driven documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroiters who are on the front lines, trying to rescue and rebuild it. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An action-packed look at the men who do their best to keep Detroit from going up in flames."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"The film makes you thankful for members of this macho breed, who relish risking their lives to save others."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Burn does some eulogising for a great nation that may never achieve that greatness again, but it also celebrates the spirit of community that built it up."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"Directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez structure Burn in a brilliant way, allowing viewers not just access to life behind the fire hose but to make personal connections with these men who act against the human instinct to run away from the flames."
‑ Brian Tallerico, HollywoodChicago.com
"Burn is not just a celebration of these wonderful, involving fighters of fires and so much more that threatens survival. It is also a tribute to the decent working class and firefighters everywhere who impact so many lives."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"These stories are moving, but what really distinguishes the film is the sense of an entire city giving in to self-immolation."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Burn captures the danger (and, yes, excitement) of putting out blazes, as well as the futility of dousing flames in a city rife with arson-and the struggles to maintain adequate funding in a wrecked economy that hits the public sector hardest."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Village Voice
"Burn, from directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, is a straight-up documentary about a year in the life of the Detroit Fire Department. And what a year."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"... the dynamic on-the-fly scenes of danger and chummy stationhouse camaraderie are slowly peeled away to reveal a fascinating and multigenerational portrait of loss, resiliency, frustration and regret."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"The endless scenes of burning buildings and macho posturing merely provide an action-driven context for the filmmakers to deal with more personal topics like loneliness and resiliency."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
"An emotional character study of a group of heroic, yet very human, individuals."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"Vividly captures a year in the life of eastside Detroit's Engine Company 50."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"As powerful as Burn's images can be, the Detroit firefighters tell their own stories about what's important to them, their neighborhood connections, their family legacies, their pride in their fellows and in their community."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopPolitics.com
"If Black America is an internal colony, then Detroit is its epicenter. Hence, the more than coincidental ties between this powerful documentary and Pontecorvo's masterpiece."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Who needs the fake fires and explosions of the"Terminator" series when you can see the real thing in this doc?"
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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