Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jul 30, 2012
    63
    Say what you will about Burning Man, but writer-director Jonathan Teplitsky can't be accused of spoon-feeding his audience.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 30, 2012
    70
    Burning Man takes its time getting us to feel for a troubled character but gets the hook in solidly once it decides to.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Jul 30, 2012
    60
    Burning Man benefits from the highly watchable Mr. Goode and able players like Rachel Griffiths and Kerry Fox.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jul 30, 2012
    40
    Grief doesn't rate high among emotional states suited to high-octane presentation; hence the disconnect between excessive style and sober content in Burning Man, a feature-length montage posing as a serious drama about loss and anger.
  5. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    Jul 30, 2012
    60
    The high-sheen Australian drama Burning Man leans heavily on a scrambled chronology, and likewise feels tonally mixed up, but it certainly does keep you guessing.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 15, 2013
    9
    A brilliantly well made and affecting film experience. Challenging in many ways; to follow the film's fractured narrative is jarring initially but ultimately feels like a natural extension of the story. Performances are exceptional especially from Matthew Goode and Essie Davis right down to the young actor who plays Goode's son. Technically it's striking in so many ways, the editing done very cleverly, and photography breathtaking. I desperately love this film, it's heartbreaking, it's shocking and raw and sexual, but it is just breathtakingly beautiful. Full Review »