“Burn!” is a complex, challenging, unapologetically hardcore leftest political film that deals quite bluntly with race, colonialism, the exploitation of the “Third World” and greedy, cynical capitalism. It’s just as relevant today as it was, when it was released back in 1970.Politfilm says,
In a simple and comprehensible way, Burn! addresses complex questions of freedom: struggle for freedom, different interpretations of and approaches to the meaning of freedom, as well as of the suppression of freedom, oppression and colonialism. It deals with the anti-colonial struggle as the conflict between the colonizer and the colonized, which is, in its essence, a class conflict.
DVD Talk praises Brando's performance and says it "is mainly notable for being a ground-breaker on the subject of colonialism" and that it "stacks up as a primer on colonial misdeeds with a script that doesn't force interpretations of contemporary global power struggles". Rotten Tomatoes has a critics rating of 85%.