Deryk Rumbold’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is a character study that is super microscopic and is concerned with every single development no matter how small or how non verbal it is. It is pretty much a solid 140 minutes of setting up like that for 5 minutes of an epic moment that completes the thematic circle.
No lie, it was a hard watch but it is super satisfying. It's easy to be infatuated with the three main characters and their quirks and impressive prescences, so I found myself overlooking the metaphor side of things. So here comes me maybe reading the short story it was based on soon.
But all in all, Burning is kind of like a joke and it doesn't really work without the drawn out setup. It's a necessity to know the characters that deeply. Totally worth it for a sick punchline.