Burn After Reading

Intelligence is relative.


Burn After Reading
George Clooney ropes in his favourite acting buddy Brad Pitt to co-star in the latest Coen brothers caper, which is a step down from their recent Oscar winner. The plot is maniac and difficult to summarise, but revolves around a group of interconnected characters who are all after a lost disc with top-secret CIA memoirs. The various characters are related either romantically or through work, and the interconnections lead to unexpected plot twists and surprises. Reviews have been forgiving, seeing as it is the Coen brothers.

94 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Sex, Violence).
Comedy, Crime, On the art circuit

Showtimes

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Credits

Cast
George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, TIlda Swinton, Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins
Director
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
ScreenplayEthan Coen, Joel Coen
MusicCarter Burwell
CinematographyEmmanuel Lubezki
EditingEthan Coen, Joel Coen
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
SA distributorSter-Kinekor
Made in2008
Produced byMike Zoss Productions, Relativity Media, Studio Canal, Working Title Films

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreComedy, thriller
LanguageStrong
NudityNone
SexMild
ViolenceModerate
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyMild
Drug abuseNone
CommentsDeadpan satire comedy with moderately adult themes and one or two shocks along the way.
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
5
Guns / Weapons
4
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
3
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
2
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
2
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Diane de Beer
15
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople
15
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan
15
iAfrica.com
Nils van der Linden quote iconBurn after reading? Forget after watching.
10
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
24.com
Shaheema Barodien quote iconThe Coens are not known for making missteps, if their enviable filmography is anything to go by, and Burn After Reading makes a very worthy addition.
15
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThis is not a great Coen brothers' film. Nor is it one of their bewildering excursions off the deep end. It's funny, sometimes delightful, sometimes a little sad, with dialogue that sounds perfectly logical until you listen a little more carefully and realize all of these people are mad.
15
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconRelative to Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski and the other movies on which their reputation is staked, Burn After Reading shows a decline in panache and an increase in contempt for their own creations.
5
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconBurn After Reading likely won't be a major Oscar contender for 2009, but that doesn't mean it won't offer a hell of a good time in theaters toward the end of 2008.
15
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconThe brothers have conjured a crazy-quilt comic thriller that takes on our growing national stupidity in the form of a sex farce. The result is wildly funny, but just as wildly uneven.
15
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconWhile this isn't Oscar worthy material (and obviously wasn't intended to be), it easily could have been yet another failed black comedy where the material, no matter the effort, just didn't work in generating laughs from unsavory characters and/or material. Although this offering isn't a laugh-a-minute experience and the satire isn't always as inspired as I might have liked to have seen, I enjoyed the pic while watching it, which is more than I can say for most other releases.
12
Metacritic.com
37 critics
13
Rottentomatoes critics
206 critics
14
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconWith Burn After Reading, the Coen Brothers have crafted another clever comedy/thriller with an outlandish plot and memorable characters.
16

What the People say

Internet
45876 Netizens quote iconA Plot-less Movie Can Only Go So Far
15

Average .. 67%

13

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