The Burning Plain
The Burning Plain (2009)

Sylvia's cool, professional demeanor masks the sexually charged storm within. When a stranger from Mexico confronts her with her mysterious past, she is launched into a journey through space and time that inextricably connects her to… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 12, 2010
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35%
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57%



Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This heavily symbolic, melodramatic multi-narrative drama lacks emotional resonance.

Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter

The burning is mostly on the plain, not in this labyrinthine story.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Possibly the stories fit too neatly. If so, it's hardly a fatal flaw.

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Melissa Anderson
Film Comment Magazine

What's that smell? The plain isn't the only thing that's charred in screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga's directorial debut; subtlety goes up in flames too.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Throw in enough symbolism to choke an English-lit major and you have a film challenge that too often feels like a chore.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It's serious stuff, intended for serious movie people. The only problem is, serious movie people have already been there, done that.

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

Deep-seated emotional problems are examined in a complex movie that, as ever with Arriaga, refuses to fit into a straightforward narrative.

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star

If Arriaga had allowed us to spend more time with the key characters in this extended tragedy, or had spent some time punching up the plot, The Burning Plain might have had a chance.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

The result is confusion, not catharsis.

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

Knowing ... that it's a 20-year old story, one can only conclude the idea behind the film would have been best left unfilmed, an unfinished step toward greater things.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Jose Zamudio
The Burning Plain, a romantic mystery about a woman on the edge who takes an emotional journey back to the defining moment of her life. Written and directed by… More
Cynthia S.
This was really good. Charlize Theron is such a great actress. It took me a little while to figure out who was who in this movie, cuz they were jumping around… More
Jim Hunter
The only reason to watch this film is the remarkable performance by Jennifer Lawrence, who recently garnered a Golden Globe nomination for another film. She… More
Chris Garman
The Burning Plain opens with a trailer in the middle of the desert that is engulfed in flame. It just sits there, an inferno with a background that John Ford… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
The first film by Guillermo Arriaga since his public breakup with professional partner Alejandro González Iñárritu, a collaboration that rendered such lauded… More
Leigh Ryan
It took me a little bit to start piecing things together, but I did and it turned out to be an okay film. Wouldn't watch it again...