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  • Summary: On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalatedâ Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 2, 2013
    100
    The brilliantly edited tapestry of actions and reactions exposes a pattern of prejudice and fear capable of infinitely repeating itself.
  2. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Oct 31, 2013
    100
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Dec 5, 2013
    100
    Directed with rigor and sensitivity by Jason Osder, this is the kind of nonfiction film that proves how powerful simple storytelling and a compelling through line can be.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Sep 30, 2013
    88
    An unnerving, all-archival account of Philadelphia citizens suddenly terrorized by the unchecked violence of rogue "law and order."
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 5, 2013
    80
    Disturbing and extraordinary new documentary.
  6. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Oct 1, 2013
    80
    Let The Fire Burn is a fascinating look at official overreaction, government overreach, and the corrupting effects of prejudice on powerful institutions.
  7. Reviewed by: Diana Clarke
    Oct 1, 2013
    60
    There's never enough information.

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