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  • Summary: A western set on the New Mexico frontier a few years after the Civil War and focused on a struggling young family and the mining company who wants to buy their land.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    May 2, 2013
    90
    The unknown cast is aces, and Moshe inscribes his loquacious film in the Western tradition without overdoing the references to the classics.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 2, 2013
    83
    Nothing about Dead Man's Burden reeks of homage to oaters of yore -- instead, Moshé has made a legitimate entry in a genre he clearly adores.
  3. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    May 2, 2013
    83
    Dead Man’s Burden (the directorial debut of Jared Moshé) demonstrates just why film is important, simply by being beautiful. But beyond that, it’s also a moody, violent, classic, yet modern Western.
  4. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Apr 30, 2013
    80
    Dead Man's Burden is a fine example of economical storytelling.
  5. Reviewed by: Budd Wilkins
    May 1, 2013
    75
    It's always a pleasure to encounter genre ambition contained in such a sinewy-shot, emotionally resonant, and gorgeously photographed package.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 23, 2013
    70
    When you watch the movie, you’ll know more about these characters than they know about each other. But Moshe, who also wrote the script, brings the truth to light in dramatically satisfying ways.
  7. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    May 2, 2013
    40
    Despite visual nods to dozens of classic Westerns, the film cannot break through with its own vision.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 23, 2013
    9
    It is obvious this is an independent flick but it is a great one. Well acted, simple but not too simple, the characters are believable and the story is good. And it had a great ending. Collapse

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