Burning Palms
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BURNING PALMS is a subversive tale that interlaces five stories where no taboo is left unexplored. Framed as a graphic novel come to life, the film unfolds in five popular neighborhoods of Los Angeles as each character careens toward a dark and often comic fate. Santa Monica: Dennis Marx (Dylan McDermott) and Dedra Davenport (Rosamund Pike) are waiting at the airport for Dennis' 14-year-old daughter Chloe (Emily Meade). From the second she arrives it is clear that she and her father do not have a conventional relationship. Dedra becomes so distraught and jealous that she kills herself.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

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"Christopher B. Landon's sordid anthology film never quite achieves the balance of melodrama and dark comedy for which it's aiming."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Burning Palms is too sick to attract the masses, but he's onto something subversively valid, and the film is never boring."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Evinces enough hatred of mankind to make Todd Solondz look like a dedicated humanist."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"Landon's sardonic view of human nature and deft filmmaking skills - plus a raft of sharp portrayals - keep the viewer from pondering the preposterousness of certain situations and instead encourages going along with the fun."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Little sensitivity here, but the film's obsession with grim deeds and sinister turns of fate lends the five stories a welcome kick of ugliness, which is a fascinating screen sensation."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Making his directorial debut, screenwriter Christopher Landon struggles so mightily to offend that he forgets to supply a rooting interest in his characters."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"Touching on taboo themes like rape, incest, and kinky bedroom exploits, Burning is a series of five Los Angeles-set short films that are only superficially provocative."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screen International
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