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: August 27, 2008
DVD 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.

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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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Yet again the Coens parade a carnival of stupidity before us, another cavalcade of caricatured schmucks, imbeciles and idiots.

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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.

Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling

Burn After Reading maintains comic balance, and after so many smart, gutsy Coen movies (many in the note of madcap), that shouldn't be a surprise.

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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.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
_kelly .King
This film is just fun and funny. A Coen Bros classic that can't be missed. The characters are expertly drawn and the alluring, winding plot is enjoyable.… More
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
Josh Lewis
Another fantastic outing for the Coen Brothers whose quirks and kookiness add charm and additional laughs with repeat viewings. Featuring outstanding work from… 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
Carlos Magalh„es
An insanely hilarious melange of comedy and thriller as one would imagine from the Coen Brothers, with a bizarre story full of characters who are stupid beyond… More
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[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