Burning Palms is too sick to attract the masses, but he's onto something subversively valid, and the film is never boring.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Making his directorial debut, screenwriter Christopher Landon struggles so mightily to offend that he forgets to supply a rooting interest in his characters.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Christopher B. Landon's sordid anthology film never quite achieves the balance of melodrama and dark comedy for which it's aiming.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
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.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Little sensitivity here, but the film's obsession with grim deeds and sinister turns of fate lends the five stories a welcome kick of ugliness, which is a fascinating screen sensation.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Touching on taboo themes like rape, incest, and kinky bedroom exploits, Burning is a series of five Los Angeles-set short films that are only superficially provocative.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Evinces enough hatred of mankind to make Todd Solondz look like a dedicated humanist.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine