• Released
  • October 2, 2013
  • NR , 1 hr 28 min
  • Documentary
    Suspense/Thriller
100

San Francisco Chronicle

Whatever you may feel about each side, it's hard to watch as city officials order explosives to be dropped on the MOVE house (which has a bunker on top) - and then sit idly by as the resulting fire burns the entire neighborhood. You'll keep asking yourself: How did it come to this? And hauntingly, no one has any answers.
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100

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
Osder has made a documentary that’s astonishingly in the present tense.
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100

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
The brilliantly edited tapestry of actions and reactions exposes a pattern of prejudice and fear capable of infinitely repeating itself.
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
It earns its considerable impact by telling an unnerving story and leaving it, in ways both daring and effective, fundamentally unresolved.
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90

The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
Let the Fire Burn relentlessly sustains its tragic momentum.
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88

Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
In his eloquent, evenhanded, and meticulously constructed debut documentary, Jason Osder stirs the ashes of this tragedy and sheds new heat and light on such timely issues as the abuse of authority and the violation of the rights of citizens, especially the marginalized and powerless.
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88

Slant Magazine

An unnerving, all-archival account of Philadelphia citizens suddenly terrorized by the unchecked violence of rogue "law and order."
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80

Time Out New York

By David Fear
A first-rate piece of forensic filmmaking.
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80

The Dissolve

By Tasha Robinson
Let The Fire Burn is a fascinating look at official overreaction, government overreach, and the corrupting effects of prejudice on powerful institutions.
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60

Village Voice

By Diana Clarke
There's never enough information.
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86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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