Slow Burn
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A big city district attorney with designs on the mayor's office attempts to sort the truth from the lies when his once-promising deputy becomes tangled in a complex murder plot in the feature directorial debut of screenwriter-turned-director Wayne Beach (Murder at 1600, The Art of War). Ford Cole (Ray Liotta) may be the district attorney for the time being, but he's certain that even bigger things lie in store for him in the future. When beautiful assistant district attorney Nora Turner (Jolene Blalock) confesses to a murder that she claims was committed in self defense, Cole is quick… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Shelved for over a year, this incompetent mystery thriller stops periodically so some character or other can deliver an expository speech and pull the plot back on track, but by the end the story has turned into a hair ball."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The bigger problem is that for all the plot turns and reversals and flashes of action that Beach has structured into his film, there's an elusive extra something that's missing."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A slow death."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"...the story is intriguing enough to hold our interest through all the film noir pretensions..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"One wonders why Slow Burn wasn't just dumped completely."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"A strange, sprained, but sprightly fusion of The Usual Suspects and the Tragic Mulatto, Slow Burn wants badly to turn its standard neo-noir into a nuanced racial chiaroscuro."
‑ Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly
"John Grisham meets The Usual Suspects by way of late-night Cinemax in this derivative thriller."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The screenplay is riddled with so many problems, clichés, cheats, and borrowed ideas that the movie never takes off on a story level."
‑ David Cornelius,
"When a movie has been sitting around since 2003, why wouldn't you just throw it at the DVD shelf rather than subjecting big-screen audiences to it?"
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Slow Burn tries to be smolder, but ultimately there's no heat."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"If you have not figured out the identity of Luden by the finale, it will only be because you do not care."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Writer-director Wayne Beach figures if you liked Bryan Singer and Christopher McQuarrie's big climactic reversal, you'll love four of them in a row!"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, L.A. Weekly
"Barely flickers as a far-fetched urban tale of chameleon-like characters."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Easy to understand why Slow Burn sat on the shelf for four years, but harder to understand why it didn't go straight to DVD or Showtime late night."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The theme of racial confusion that attempts to underlie this would-be noirish murder mystery becomes just one more unintentionally hilarious aspect..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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