Burning Palms
Burning Palms (2011)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 14, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Christopher B. Landon's sordid anthology film never quite achieves the balance of melodrama and dark comedy for which it's aiming.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Burning Palms is too sick to attract the masses, but he's onto something subversively valid, and the film is never boring.

Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Evinces enough hatred of mankind to make Todd Solondz look like a dedicated humanist.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Brian Orndorf

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.

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Peter Debruge

Making his directorial debut, screenwriter Christopher Landon struggles so mightily to offend that he forgets to supply a rooting interest in his characters.

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Tim Grierson
Screen International

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.

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Manu Gino
Five Tales That Will Mess You Up For Life. Not bad yet not great either. This film has many stories which could may be real in real life but totally messed up… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Five Tales That Will F#%! You Up For Life"</i> A subversive tale that interlaces five stories set in Los Angeles, where no taboo is… More
Shawn Montague
the trailer to this film was everybody's quick opinion on the film as they left the cinema and everybody said how bad and disgusting it was. that made me… More