Edward Burns is unfairly treated by movie critics because of his working class background, the actor/director claims. Since his 1995 debut The Brothers MCMullen was hailed, Burns has enjoyed a mixed relationship with the press. And he blames his unpopularity on his background. Burns says, "My friend has a theory: 'You know what your problem is? You didn't go to an Ivy League school, your old man's a cop, and therefore they gotta beat the crap out of you.'"