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Burke and Hare

The critical consensus

That worst of misses, a bad-taste comedy that isn’t funny.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 27/10/2010

There are a couple of decent laughs, just not enough to keep the film nipping along as a 92-minute movie should.

**(*)(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 28/10/2010

What matters is that it’s fun, and on that count Burke and Hare just about delivers the goods.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 28/10/2010

It’s a long time since John Landis has directed anything that isn’t an out-and-out misfire, and this doesn’t end the run.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 28/10/2010

Just isn't as funny as it needs to be.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 28/10/2010

Instead of writing some good jokes they pack out the cast with celebrity cameos – Michael Winner, Christopher Lee, Stephen Merchant – and hope that Ronnie Corbett as the militia captain hot on the murderers' tail will make up the shortfall (ahem) of laughs.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 29/10/2010

There's nothing wrong with the performances or the sets while Landis has roped in Christopher Lee, Paul Whitehouse and Stephen Merchant for some small parts. But where are the laughs? Not here.

**(*)(*)(*)David Edwards, Daily Record, 29/10/2010

Doesn't get away with murder

**(*)(*)(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 29/10/2010

The main problem with Burke and Hare is that it never quite figures out how to turn a true story of mass murder into a comic romp about a pair of loveable rogues.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 31/10/2010

It’s generally entertaining, with enough funny, ingenious bits to outweigh the shit-thrown-out-of-window gags.

***(*)(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 29/10/2010

John Landis's first film in 12 years is a sad disappointment.

Philip French, The Observer, 31/10/2010

The John Landis who brought us American Werewolf and ‘Thriller’ is but a memory in a rotten romp that’s downright criminal.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 29/10/2010

Features about Burke and Hare

Grave concerns over Burke and Hare film

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 09/10/2010

Burke and Hare: John Landis interview

Will Lawrence, The Telegraph, 21/10/2010

David Hayman finds Burke and Hare movie a dead end

STV, 20/10/2010

Grave robbers Burke and Hare wouldn't be out of place today

STV, 20/10/2010

Burke and Hare: modern day cadavers

STV, 21/10/2010

John Landis' psycho love transformation

STV, 22/10/2010

From Ealing to Edinburgh: On set of Burke and Hare with Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis

Brian Pendreigh, The Scotsman, 25/10/2010

Simon Pegg on Burke and Hare

Will Lawrence, The Herald, 25/10/2010

John Landis: 'There's no difference now between technology and magic'

Stuart O'Connor, The Observer, 31/10/2010

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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