Critic Consensus: Burden grapples clumsily with its undeniably worthy themes, but its honorable intentions -- and strong performances -- make it easy to forgive those flaws.
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Like Green Book, The Blind Side, The Soloist and so on, Burden fits too snugly into the white-saviour mode of storytelling. Which is a shame, because everyone involved here is doing their best in trying to craft layered characters with compelling agendas.
"Burden" does a great job of giving the viewer a look at the lives of those in the KKK beyond their hatred, but it misses the mark on making an impact on the viewer.
"Burden" is a film of integrity, with something even better than a social conscience. It has a social purpose. If you see it, you'll learn something.
Writer and director Andrew Heckler has managed to make a powerful film, if not a very subtle one.
I think it has a great cast and there are some good performances, but I thought at times the direction wasn't great and it veered into that white savior territory.
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