Three brothers from Long Island, who are forced to move back into their childhood home, try to reconcile their lives and loves in this romantic comedy won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival and the 1995 Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
Made for $25 thousand, the film went on the gross over $35 million internationally, becoming one of the most profitable independent films of all time.
“A terrific crowd pleasing comedy … It’s A Treat!”~ Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"This is not a "religious" film, and the brothers are far from saints. But they know right and wrong, and in their imperfect ways they are struggling to attain a state of grace. Sometimes they slip. Sometimes they don't struggle so hard. Life's like that."~ Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times
" The Brothers McMullen is certainly worth the effort. It is a rare treat of a film: a debut that exudes freshness and polish all at once. Welcome to the big screen, Mr. Burns."~ Alison Macor, Austin Chronicle
"Burns’ native wit keeps things loose and natural, as does the pleasure at being exposed to an unexplored setting for romance.”~ Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times
"Burns has created an endearing gathering of people we all know, and every one of them is so much fun that leaving the theater at the end elicits a touch of regret."~ Peter Stack, The San Francisco Chronicle
"Burns emphatically avoids sophomore slump with an inviting, ruefully funny film that lives up to his initial promise."~ Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Burns manages to take on a laundry list of touchy issues in a relatively frank, unflinching manner. His characters retain their dignity and integrity without false dramatic redemption. It's a true adult saga."~ Leonard Klady, Daily Variety