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Burning Sands's user reviews

The Guardian
8.0

"There?s no clumsy exposition here to explain motivations but delicately scattered crumbs involving status, family and the crippling strain of competitive masculinity."

Read review Benjamin Lee
Indiewire
6.7

"McMurray fixates too much on the brutality of his subject, foregoing any meaningful character development. The result is a film about punishment that is quite punishing to watch."

Read review Jude Dry
Los Angeles Times
5.0

"In the absence of a more dramatically dynamic approach to that awfully familiar subject matter, 'Burning Sands' proves neither as incendiary nor as challenging as intended."

Read review Michael Rechtshaffen
Entertainment Weekly
7.5

"But there?s something powerful even in its predictability."

Read review Kevin P. Sullivan
The Hollywood Reporter
5.0

"First-time director McMurray, who worked as an associate producer on 'Fruitvale Station', does a decent job of staging the action and maintaining viewer attention on the straight-line story. But there?s no subtext, investigation of his characters? various stories or motivations for doing what they?re doing. It?s a very shallow film."

Read review Todd McCarthy