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  • Summary: Burke & Hare is adark comedy/thriller staring Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Curry and Isla Fisher as the unfortunate denizens of 19th century Edinburgh, a setting rife with murder, theft, prostitution, corpse snatching, experimental medicine, and of course Shakespeare. (IFC Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Sep 7, 2011
    75
    The new Burke & Hare offers many pleasures, chief among them the return of the Landis of old.
  2. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Sep 8, 2011
    70
    Those who care less about such stuff than about being entertained will find plenty to like in this ghoulish comedy, a droll take on one of the most notorious mass-murder cases of the 19th century.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 9, 2011
    50
    All of the actors are enjoying themselves, and the movie is stuffed with history, atmosphere and vivid characters. What's in short supply, though, is laughter.
  4. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    Aug 29, 2011
    40
    A so-called black comedy that is more sort of dull, spotty and yucky.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 6, 2011
    40
    The film doesn't come within spitting distance of vintage Landis, e.g., "Animal House" or "An American Werewolf in London." But at least it's not "The Stupids."
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 1, 2011
    38
    If anything, Burke & Hare is a slaphappy mess that recalls Landis's earliest work on 1970s midnight movies like "Schlock'' and "The Kentucky Fried Movie.''
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Sep 6, 2011
    30
    By swinging between broad laughs and cheap pathos - Pegg's specialties as an actor, apparently - while avoiding the more fertile ground between, Landis renders his Burke and Hare sociopolitically toothless and bizarrely insensitive.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 1, 2012
    7
    I quite liked the casting so that was enough to make me want to watch it, I was quite satisfied with the movie, had some good acting, decent reworking of the story and grisley too... Expand

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