The Burnt Orange Heresy

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59% Rotten Tomatometer Score59%
  • The Burnt Orange Heresy has a certain stylish charm, even if -- much like the art world it depicts -- it'll strike some viewers as pretentious.
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    Weldon B. JohnsonArizona Republic
    [I]n the final minutes, the characters make several choices that defy logic, leaving the audience to wonder what happened to the savvy operators presented in the early parts of the film.
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    Pat PaduaWashington Post
    Makes for a mostly smart and sexy crime drama, even if it loses steam by the time the ridiculous ending rolls around.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It all gets kind of nutty and I did not believe Mick Jagger for a second.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This film is very arch, educated, and there's not much life underneath it. It's very pretentious and then it gets very cruel... It twists the knife, and I felt numb.
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    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    The Burnt Orange Heresy-director Giuseppe Capotondi's adaptation of Charles Willeford's 1971 art-world crime novel-has charisma to burn in the form of its stars.
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    Whitney SpencerRogerEbert.com
    A seductive noir that, as a whole, comes up empty.
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    David LambleBay Area Reporter
    If fiendishly concocted escapism is what you hanker for right now, consider The Burnt Orange Heresy, a highly entertaining new Italian melodrama.
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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    There's a constant refrain about the multiple masks we wear through our lives: if The Burnt Orange Heresy had just picked one, it might have been a better film.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    The exotic locales paint a pretty picture, but the talky screenplay never gains much emotional traction.
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    Paula Farmerculturevulture.net
    Stick with it though, because despite its shortcomings, the strengths of The Burnt Orange Heresy make it worth the slow, burning ride.
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