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Burke and Hare (2011)



Critic Consensus: Marked by timid scares and flat-footed humor, Burke and Hare is a missed opportunity for its talented cast and a disappointing return for director John Landis.

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From John Landis, the director of Animal House and The Blues Brothers, Burke & Hare is adark comedy/thriller staring Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Curry and Isla Fisher as the unfortunate denizens of 19th century Edinburgh, a setting rife with murder, theft, prostitution, corpse snatching, experimental medicine, and of course Shakespeare. -- (C) IFC Films

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Simon Pegg
as William Burke
Andy Serkis
as William Hare
Tom Wilkinson
as Doctor Knox
Ronnie Corbett
as Captain Tam McLintoch
Tim Curry
as Doctor Monroe
Michael Smiley
as Patterson
Reece Shearsmith
as Sergeant Mackenzie
Bill Bailey
as Hangman
Alan Corduner
as Nicephone
Allan Corduner
as Nicephore
Hugh Bonneville
as Lord Harrington
Christopher Lee
as Old Joseph
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Critic Reviews for Burke and Hare

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (21)

Rarely has the ratio of quality talent to dismal returns been as high as in "Burke & Hare,'' a macabre British period piece that's nowhere near as funny as it thinks.

December 1, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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"Burke and Hare" is a waste of a good cast and a better story, as well as a hollow reminder of how John Landis seemingly has lost his touch.

October 27, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A droll take on one of the most notorious mass-murder cases of the 19th century.

September 9, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's just scene after scene of two obnoxious people killing various other obnoxious people.

September 9, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

All of the actors are enjoying themselves, and the movie is stuffed with history, atmosphere and vivid characters. What's in short supply, though, is laughter.

September 9, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

To call it a black comedy is probably misleading: It's grey at best, and apart from a few scattered chuckles, it dies as quickly and gracelessly as Burke and Hare's victims.

September 8, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/10 | Full Review…
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For a film about murdering grave-robbers the final product is surprisingly harmless. Sure, there are plenty of dark-humored jokes about murder and death. but the story never quite manages to make you care about anything that's going on nor exactly burst out with laughter. The comedic timing is off, most of the time. Considering the talent involved here, that's quite shocking. At least the early 19th century Edinburgh setting looks really good. Wasted opportunities aplenty.

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Jens S.

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Odd, funny little movie...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] It's supposedly a horror comedy according to the marketing strategy it used. Question is was it scary? No. Was it funny? Sometimes. The fact is it's been panned since release but it's not an entirely bad movie. John Landis who brought us An American Werwolf in London; a hilarious and original horror comedy has the perfect cast at his disposal. But they were far too restrained by the flimsy script to make full use of their comedic talent. When you have Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis and Ronnie Corbet you have to provide them with the best material and often this film doesn't deliver. There's a lot worse out there, it isn't Shaun of the Dead but Burke and Hare gives off frequent chuckles and a couple good laughs but not enough ultimately to sustain it's running time. It's fair at best.

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