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  • Summary: A sexy, stylish thriller, Slow Burn stars Ray Liotta as a big-city district attorney with his eye on the mayor's office and a big problem on his hands. (Lions Gate)
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. Beach blends all the performing styles smoothly: LL's blithe coolness, Blalock's sultry ambiguity, Liotta's slow-boiling intensity, Ejiofor's dapper amiability, Phifer's brooding intensity.
  2. A strange, sprained, but sprightly fusion of "The Usual Suspects" and the "Tragic Mulatto," Slow Burn wants badly to turn its standard neo-noir into a nuanced racial chiaroscuro.
  3. 50
    No one and nothing can be taken at face value in Beach's twisty tale of secrets and lies, which buries its very interesting idea in a welter of ludicrous dialogue and skin-flick imagery.
  4. Reviewed by: Michelle Kung
    38
    A veritable rip-off of 1995's "The Usual Suspects," Beach's crime caper not-so-subtly apes Bryan Singer's use of multiple red herrings and flashback-heavy interrogation scenes, but lacks the stylistic flair and sophisticated narrative skills to pull off a similar feat of cinematic intrigue.
  5. 38
    An amusingly preposterous last act keeps you guessing, or maybe keeps you ducking, as it lets rip an avalanche of startling revelations and double-crosses. Nothing is what it seems - unless it seems cheesy.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    30
    Beach's storytelling tactics, much like the film as a whole, would simply be annoying if they weren't also borderline insulting.
  7. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    11
    The cast, particularly Liotta, walk around with befuddled expressions on their faces, perhaps wondering what on earth they’re doing in this movie and how they can find a new agent ASAP.

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