Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    100
    Powerful, profound and beautifully rendered.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    90
    In The Burning Plain, another directorial debut, sensationalism is on order, but it's buttressed by fear, suffering, and desire – the schizo-blend that makes Arriaga's scripts so unique.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 21, 2013
    6
    An odd movie, really. Not bad, not good, easily forgettable. The emotions just don't pop and grab you, but it's watchable. Jennifer Lawrence does offer a good deal of acting though. Full Review »
  2. Jan 15, 2012
    9
    This is GOOD movie. It is powerful story but not chronological.
    You should watch this twice (or more).
    Storyline is moving in perfect
    harmony.
    Charlize Theron is award worthy acting.
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