The Burning Plain Synopsis
'The Burning Plain', a romantic mystery about a woman on the edge who takes an emotional journey back to the defining moment of her life.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

For a film that strives so hard to show the sheer messiness of real people's lives, Burning Plain does have an impossibly neat ending.
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Boston Globe

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The best performance here comes from a Mexican child actress, Tessa Ia, as half of one of the fraught mother-daughter relationships.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Told chronologically, it might have accumulated considerable power. Told as a labyrinthine tangle of intercut timelines and locations, it...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Initially, the puzzle structure and a pair of Oscar-winning actresses distract us from the dark vacuum at the center of this enterprise,...
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San Francisco Chronicle

The main drawbacks of The Burning Plain are its intentionally coy narrative and a zero-hour revelation that's ill-thought-out and generates...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
It's possible to admire the performances of stars Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger in The Burning Plain , even as you backpedal from the...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

An ambitious, visually handsome production which fails to ignite.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
All the actresses, especially Theron, are appropriately haunted, but let's hope Arriaga's love of echoes, fate and coincidence has run its...
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38

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Here the characters aren't compelling enough to ask viewers to give their brains a workout to determine exactly what's going on.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The scenery (prettily captured by There Will Be Blood cinematographer Robert Elswit) is littered with heavy symbolism (fire! rain! dead...
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The Burning Plain

By Rich S
Here's a film that successfully employs literary methods. Jumping around among points of view, time references and locales; it creates a kind of "god's eye view" of the protagonists' lives that fails...

A Depressing Snoozer

By spamtrap
This film helped me realize that the only reason nonlinear (out of chronological order) films exist is because if it WAS in chronological order, the film would be even less interesting than it is when...

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By movie fan 5763
Superb! Beautiful Well directed! Acting dazzling! Recommended to all who enjoy thrills/sex/ redemptive love!...

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Rated R | For sexuality, nudity and language
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