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Burn After Reading

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence.

R In Theaters 09/12/2008 , 95min.
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Critic score based on 37 reviews

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August 30, 2009
Spoiler: The gratuitous sexual scenes ruined this quirky little movie. Completely. I think it honestly would have been cute if not for that because we did wonder... where was all this leading. And the ending was... interesting. Who would have thought lipo was important enough to commit espionage? It makes sense as an American movie with American characters I guess.
January 29, 2009
George and Brad, why did you accept to do this movie. I can't believe that have 6 nominations, everything about the movie is bad. The funny parts were not funny at all, and the script could be better wrote by a 10 years boy. Both of you, you are professionals, good actors, don't sale yourself for this kind of non-sense roles, that minimize your own potential. Every single person that saw the
January 26, 2009
People say i am surprised how such actors were in such a bad movie well dont you think they let them read the script before they decide to be in the movie or make them do the movie at gunpoint? I feel very sad for people that said the movie was not funny and waste of time. The movie was plain and simple hilarious, Pitt is such a a silly meathead that i was crying, Malkovich was funnier then ever
January 09, 2009
what an absolute waste of time and money. these were talented and respected actors completely stupifying an entire nation of fans with this crap. this movie got such great reviews so what does that say about these movie critics? they should be bagging groceries or working at a carwash, not hyping up garbage movies because of the star studded cast. shame on you critics and reviewers.
January 04, 2009
Pathetic!! I'm surprised that Brad Pitt and George Clooney would even consider doing such a ridiculous movie. John Malcovich too. Absolutely stupid. I'm glad I didn't pay to see it at the theatre.

Critic Reviews powered by Metacritic ™

Washington Post
Oh, the high-octane cast works hard. But there's nothing to suggest anybody off camera tried that hard, which is fatal to a Coen outing. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
It's consistently funny -- with witty dialogue and offbeat banter that stays in your head for days. Full Review
Dana Stevens
It's a clever setup for a spoof of the espionage thriller, but despite the film's intermittent pleasures (Pitt's gum-snapping dolt chief among them), the result is oddly airless. Full Review
James Berardinelli
This is a thriller with a high quotient of comedic elements or, if you prefer, a comedy with a high quotient of thriller elements. As is always the case with a production of Joel & Ethan, it's difficult to classify, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
It's a cheerful trifle tossed off by the Coen brothers in their self-enchanted mode, an approach to comedy that shrugs off comedy's cardinal rule -- Don't Act Funny. Full Review

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