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Burning Palms (2010)

Country: USA

Genres: Comedy, Thriller

Taglines: Five Tales That Will F#%! You Up For Life

Director: Christopher Landon

Writers: Christopher Landon

Stars: Jamie Chung, Rosamund Pike, Dylan McDermott, Shannen Doherty, ...

In Santa Monica, a woman becomes alarmingly concerned over her fiancé's unnaturally close relationship with his teenage daughter. In Westwood, a sexual act turns into a psychological obsession for a young woman. In West Hollywood, a gay couple buys a young daughter and attempts to mold her to fit their lifestyle. In Holmby Hills, maladjusted kids and their equally maladjusted nanny play murderous games. In Sherman Oaks, a rape victim faces her violator. In these five stories, one thing is clear, everything is taken to extremes in California.

50 | 2011-01-17 | Frank Scheck

Never quite achieves the balance of melodrama and dark comedy for which it's aiming.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

50 | 2011-01-13 | Kevin Thomas

Landon's sardonic view of human nature and deft filmmaking skills - plus a raft of sharp portrayals - keep the viewer from pondering the preposterousness of certain situations and instead encourages going along with the fun.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

50 | 2011-01-13 | Rex Reed

Burning Palms is too sick to attract the masses, but he's onto something subversively valid, and the film is never boring.
Read More: New York Observer

30 | 2011-01-13 | Chuck Wilson

Built-to-shock anthology film.
Read More: L.A. Weekly

30 | 2011-01-13 | Peter Debruge

Making his directorial debut, screenwriter Christopher Landon struggles so mightily to offend that he forgets to supply a rooting interest in his characters.
Read More: Variety