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: September 9, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2011
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Critic Score: 32% 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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Jessica Baxter
Film Threat

Burke and Hare fails at every turn. It's a romantic comedy without jokes or romance. It's a horror film without the horror.

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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 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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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

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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Will Leitch

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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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
For a film about murdering grave-robbers the final product is surprisingly harmless. Sure, there are plenty of dark-humored jokes about murder and death. but… 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.
Cynthia S.
Odd, funny little movie...
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