Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    38
    Oh no, another let's-drag-a-dead-body-to-Mexico flick?
  2. Writer Guillermo Arriaga earns most of the blame. He played similar games with narrative in the vastly better "Amores Perros" and "21 Grams," jumping back and forth in time to show relationships among subplots and characters. But "Burials" barely has one plot.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 46
  2. Negative: 8 out of 46
  1. giulia
    Feb 2, 2008
    8
    I liked that movie. Yes there are some sterotypes. But it doesnt matter to me. It has a lot of charme. But hey I also loved Amorres Perros.
  2. MichaelH
    Dec 30, 2007
    7
    I was prepared NOT to like this movie because of the P.C. premise: good, poor Mexicans/bad gringo (with one exception). As it turns out the movie gets a lot more sophisticated in parts. (spoiler alert) The character of Melquiades turns out to have a "darker" side as does the Pete character. Still I think the border guard character was a little too cartoonishly bad or at least put into the position of being the "bad guy" in a way that seemed too much told from an "undeclared" Mexican perspective. In the end the script "rights" itself a little, allowing for fuller character development. Full Review »
  3. AdamL.
    Feb 24, 2007
    1
    Two hours that seem like four, consistently pedestrian writing, and a complete deficit of morality make this not only one of the worst films I have ever seen (and I've seen more than a few), but a dangerous one. The only thing saving it from a flat-out zero is the great acting by everyone involved. What a waste. Even Sam Peckenpah would be ashamed. Full Review »