Rotten Tomatoes
Cancel Movies Tv shows Shop News Showtimes


2012 1h 26m Documentary List
100% Tomatometer 17 Reviews 91% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Detroit firefighters save property and lives in a city that many have been written off as dead. Read More Read Less

Where to Watch


Prime Video Apple TV

Rent Burn on Prime Video, Apple TV, or buy it on Prime Video, Apple TV.

Critics Reviews

View All (17) Critics Reviews
Jason Anderson Toronto Star An action-packed look at the men who do their best to keep Detroit from going up in flames. May 2, 2013 Full Review J. R. Jones Chicago Reader These stories are moving, but what really distinguishes the film is the sense of an entire city giving in to self-immolation. Dec 14, 2012 Full Review Brian Tallerico Directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez structure Burn in a brilliant way, allowing viewers not just access to life behind the fire hose but to make personal connections with these men who act against the human instinct to run away from the flames. Rated: 4.5/5.0 Dec 7, 2012 Full Review Kelly Jane Torrance Washington Examiner Burn lets us inside a world we wouldn't otherwise see -- it's far too dangerous for most of us. But these admirable men wouldn't have it any other way. Rated: 3/4 Dec 19, 2018 Full Review Simon Foster Burn does some eulogising for a great nation that may never achieve that greatness again, but it also celebrates the spirit of community that built it up. Jul 5, 2013 Full Review Chris Knight National Post Burn, from directors Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, is a straight-up documentary about a year in the life of the Detroit Fire Department. And what a year. Rated: 3/4 May 9, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

View All (50) audience reviews
Audience Member This film will leave you asking yourself.. Is this a documentary, or a hollywood picture? The production level was incredible and it is something truly unique. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member I liked a lot of what this film was trying to say and I respect these men who go out every night in an attempt to save their home city. However, as good as the intentions of the film are, it suffered from being too erratic with it's narrative from time to time. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member The greatest Fire Department on the face of the planet. Hands down! GREAT FILM that tells a great story! We need to see a BURN 2 in the works. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member good info on what goes on but way too long, half the time would be better Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Netflix 8/4/14 A sad commentary on a city, a cultural class and a political leadership that has overseen the decline of a major american city and the services it provides its citizens. A story that is both uplifting in the work of the firefighters and depressing in the environment they function in. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review leong c A character driven documentary, the struggle of being a fire fighter in Detroit... Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews

My Rating


Cast & Crew

Gideon's Army 100% 88% Gideon's Army Trashed 87% 77% Trashed Motherland 92% 67% Motherland True Conviction 83% % True Conviction Heart of Stone 100% 100% Heart of Stone Discover more movies and TV shows. View More

Movie Info

Synopsis Detroit firefighters save property and lives in a city that many have been written off as dead.
Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez
Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 19, 2015
Box Office (Gross USA)
1h 26m
Most Popular at Home Now