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Dead Man's Burden

In 1870, homesteader Martha McCall wants to sell the family farm in New Mexico and move with her husband, Heck, to San Francisco. But the unexpected return of Wade, her brother who was presumed dead in the Civil War, throws her plans into turmoil.
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Netflix Rating: 3.1
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 76%
Critics' score: 76   Audience score: 57   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

It's a strong debut for Moshe, who, with the exception of some of the oater dialogue, shows both a reverence for and a knowledge of the genre that's intriguing. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

Ponderous but lovely, simple but elegant, it should appeal to fans of Westerns. full review

Laremy Legel, Film.com

Small in scale but with a grand visual ambition, "Dead Man's Burden" draws nourishment from its burned-out desert setting and ambling pace. full review

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

Despite visual nods to dozens of classic Westerns, the film cannot break through with its own vision. full review

Miriam Bale, New York Daily News

You never get over the feeling that you're watching modern actors play frontier-drama dress-up. It's a deathblow. full review

David Fear, Time Out New York

A refreshing respite from filmmakers who believe the only low-budget option is to stay firmly ensconced in their own milieu. full review

Zachary Wigon, Village Voice

A slow-burning oater that's not gun-shy when it matters, Dead Man's Burden reps an impressive first feature from producer-turned-helmer Jared Moshe. full review

Boyd van Hoeij, Variety

An intense family drama that plays out as a low-key Western. full review

Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Available From: Jul 12, 2013
  • Queued by: 339 people
Directed By
Jared Moshé
Cast
Barlow Jacobs, Clare Bowen, David Call, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Richard Riehle, Jerry Clarke, Adam O'Byrne, Travis Hammer, Luce Rains
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