Dead Man's Burden
Dead Man's Burden (2013)

Set in 1870 in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, DEAD MAN'S BURDEN is the story of Martha (Clare Bowen, ABC's Nashville) and her husband Heck (David Call, Tiny Furniture), who are struggling to make ends meet on the rural… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 3, 2013
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2013
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It's a strong debut for Moshe, who, with the exception of some of the oater dialogue, shows both a reverence for and a knowledge of the genre that's intriguing.

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Miriam Bale
New York Daily News

Despite visual nods to dozens of classic Westerns, the film cannot break through with its own vision.

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Curtis Woloschuk
Paste Magazine

Moshé immediately establishes an unforgiving milieu for his moody, minimalist Western.

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Laremy Legel

Ponderous but lovely, simple but elegant, it should appeal to fans of Westerns.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

The story is modest to the point of occasionally seeming slight, and the ending is a tad too cute in the way it circles back to the beginning, but even those flaws just make it feel more authentic. See it now, before it gets rediscovered.

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Robert Levin

The movie offers a convincing look at the sort of irreparable damage the Civil War did to families, but too often it feels like self-conscious role-play.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Small in scale but with a grand visual ambition, "Dead Man's Burden" draws nourishment from its burned-out desert setting and ambling pace.

David Fear
Time Out

You never get over the feeling that you're watching modern actors play frontier-drama dress-up. It's a deathblow.

Staci Layne Wilson
Sci-Fi Weekly

Dead Man's Burden isn't [great], but it's not a bad horse opera and is unflinching in its depictions of harshness and violence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In "Dead Man's Burden," Wade McCurry(Barlow Jacobs) has survived the Civil War only to find that he is not entirely done with violence just yet.… More