The Burial Society
The Burial Society (2003)

Directed by Nicholas Racz, The Burial Society revolves around the life of Sheldon Kasner, whose existence, as of late, has turned to one of quiet desperation. His workload is increasing as his compensation for it continues to dwindle, and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 11, 2003
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Falls prey to a creeping structural rigor mortis that sets in early.

Peter Debruge
Miami Herald

Scrambling to find a place in the Coen brothers' shadow, Racz tries too hard to manufacture a sense of zany unpredictability, but each new twist only reveals Sheldon as the soulless opportunist that he is.

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Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

The twisty storyline does have its moments, but eventually the actors are reduced to wearing the requirements of the plot like pairs of cement shoes.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Features fine performances by a cast of veteran actors but is marred by its unconvincing back story.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

With a plot that is at once needlessly complicated and maddeningly careless, the movie veers unsteadily between farce and crime drama and never really engages the viewer.

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E! Online

Mostly mediocre heist flick.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Underneath its cheeky amorality, there beats a heart.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The Burial Society is definitely big on plot, but can the thing dance? Short answer: It's no Astaire.

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Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The feature debut of writer-director Nicholas Racz is twisty and clever, if not a reinvention of the genre.

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