BURNING PALMS is a subversive tale that interlaces five stories where no taboo is left unexplored. Framed as a graphic novel come to life, the film unfolds in five popular neighborhoods of Los Angeles as each character careens toward a dark and often comic fate.
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, 01.13.2011
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, 01.14.2011
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, 01.11.2011