Burn After Reading
Burn After Reading (2008)

At the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Arlington, Va., analyst Osborne Cox arrives for a top-secret meeting. Unfortunately for Cox, the secret is soon out: he is being ousted. Cox does not take the news particularly well… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 21, 2008
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With Burn After Reading, the Coen Brothers have crafted another clever comedy/thriller with an outlandish plot and memorable characters.

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

These are functioning morons, they walk and work among us. And they are brilliant and funny and in spite of the screwball-comedy nature of the story, they are completely believable.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

For fans of the Coens... it suggests, especially on the heels of No Country for Old Men, that they have rediscovered their cinematic vision after several lean years.

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Simon Miraudo

It might be the same old song, but I could watch these guys play it over and over again.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

, Frances McDormand might get nominated for an Academy Award in a supporting role. She was great.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

On screen, delusional schmoes are more fun than smart people, and in the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, the imperious former spook played by John Malkovich accuses his blackmailers...of heading a league of morons.

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David Keyes

Seldom has a comedy about such thoroughly dumb individuals been so engaging, or so insightful.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Coens are loopy stylists, and it's often amusing to watch this comedy of errors unfold. But after a masterpiece like No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading is classified as disposable.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Burn After Reading is a piffle, but it's a savagely amusing one.

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Ali Gray

A comedy so stupid, it doesn't realise it's a comedy. If intelligence is relative, then ignorance is bliss.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
JY Skacto
When it comes to Burn After Reading, it seems the Coens are just pulling things out of thin air. Guess what? It works just fine. Reading the plot-line is one… More
Graham Jones
Burn After Reading proves that "No Country" was not just a fluke masterpiece and that the Coens have returned to the top of their game after a couple… More
Dan Schultz
An entertaining, though flawed comedy concerning top-secret information that is leaked out accidentally to a couple of pinhead gym managers (Frances McDormand,… More
Albert Kim
I love the Coen Brothers. This movie was outlandishly and wildly funny. It isn't the type of humor Hollywood is used to... it's a humor that plays… More
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] The Coen Brother's have had a hilarious line of quirky, zany comedies that… More
Unknown Hobo
This movie confused the hell out of me and left me wondering why it was sold as a black comedy. Brad Pitt's performance is its one saving grace and Frances… More

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