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We Got This Covered
A well-acted, slow burning indie, The Fixer uses thriller mechanisms to examine insular, tribal cultures through the eyes of an outsider.
The Seattle Times
The performances are first rate, particularly Rains’ work in the lead role.
The Hollywood Reporter
Rains, who was given an acting award by the Tribeca jury, brings such a sense of purpose to the part that the movie never goes slack.
While Olds and Paul Felten’s screenplay requires some significant credulity leaps, The Fixer is flavorsome, engaging and unpredictable enough that one can give those gaps a pass, at least to an extent.
The New York Times
Mr. Rains, Ms. Leo and Mr. Franco are all so interesting that you wish they had more to bite into. But the film has a transfixing quality nonetheless.
The A.V. Club
The result is more of an interesting thesis than a compelling drama, but it’s anchored by Rains’ sturdy performance as a man whose open-minded curiosity about his new home disengages his natural wariness, for both better and worse.
Los Angeles Times
There’s plenty of intelligence and atmosphere in play here.... But the prevailing tone is of pressure applied and nothing released, a genre exercise that plays as educational rather than exhilarating.
The movie — at first scrappy and strange but an increasingly tough sit as it goes — never fixes its gaze on any singularly compelling idea.
For a film that warns against believing in a mirage, Burn Country seems all too comfortable perpetuating one.
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