Allan Spencer’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Burning” is not just a film whose narrative is shaded with ambiguity—it is a film that examines and dissects ambiguity itself, both its maddening inescapability and also the consequences of rejecting it, of the leap required to commit to any truth. What is one to do upon realizing that their “Big Hunger” will never be fully satiated? One can make oneself comfortable within ambiguity, accepting the accompanying sorrow and pain of not knowing as a necessary facet of life. Or one can commit to a narrative, thereby rejecting all contrary evidence and competing narratives, all nuance, and act accordingly. This is the choice Lee presents—both to Jong-su and to the audience.