Intelligence is relative.
George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, TIlda Swinton, Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
|Screenplay||Ethan Coen, Joel Coen|
|Editing||Ethan Coen, Joel Coen|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS|
|Produced by||Mike Zoss Productions, Relativity Media, Studio Canal, Working Title Films|
|Comments||Deadpan satire comedy with moderately adult themes and one or two shocks along the way.|
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|Sex / Nudity
||Blood / Gore / Gross
|Guns / Weapons
||Alcohol / Drugs
||Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
|Frightening / Tense Scenes
||Tense Family Scenes
||Topics to talk about
What the Critics say
|Cape Argus / The Star|
Diane de Beer
Nils van der Linden Burn after reading? Forget after watching.
Shaheema Barodien The 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.
|Chicago Sunday Times|
Roger Ebert This 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.
Jason Anderson Relative 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.
James Berardinelli Burn 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.
Peter Travers The 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.
C. Fuchs While 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.
Tomatometer With Burn After Reading, the Coen Brothers have crafted another clever comedy/thriller with an outlandish plot and memorable characters.
What the People say
45876 Netizens A Plot-less Movie Can Only Go So Far
Average .. 67%