The Burning Plain

User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38

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  1. KateK
    Oct 3, 2009
    9
    I loved it! Intense, emotional, whatever the faults, I don't care because it has heart and pathos and that's what I most love in the movies.
  2. WayneB
    Sep 20, 2009
    9
    Outstanding. Award worthy acting, especially from Charlize Theron & Kim Basinger in a well chosen and attractive cast.
  3. DavidA
    Sep 27, 2009
    9
    A good story, well told, beautifully filmed. The jumps in time are not confusing at all, there are so few main characters.
  4. 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.
  5. May 13, 2015
    9
    This movie is interesting because the interactions of Americans and Mexicans.
    And the mini-stories told in this movie to find logic.
    Good actuations from Basinger and Lawrence,the rest is OK! This movie could have given more in the history. Esta película es interesante debido a la interacción entre Estadounidenses y Mexicanos Y las mini historias son contadas en esta película para
    This movie is interesting because the interactions of Americans and Mexicans.
    And the mini-stories told in this movie to find logic.
    Good actuations from Basinger and Lawrence,the rest is OK!
    This movie could have given more in the history.

    Esta película es interesante debido a la interacción entre Estadounidenses y Mexicanos
    Y las mini historias son contadas en esta película para encontrar lógica.
    Buenas actuaciones de Basinger y Lawrence,el resto esta BIEN!
    Esta película pudo haber dado mas en la historia.
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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. 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.
  2. For a film that strives so hard to show the sheer messiness of real people's lives, Burning Plain does have an impossibly neat ending.
  3. An ambitious, visually handsome production which fails to ignite.