Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading

Hot on the heels of their Oscar-winning No Country For Old Men, the illustrious Coen brothers head back into the black comedy/caper territory.

Ozzie Cox (John Malkovich) is a former CIA agent whose ex-wife (Tilda Swinton) steals a disc containing his volatile memoirs and accidentally leaves it at the gym where it is found by two trainers (a knuckleheaded Brad Pitt and Coen regular Frances McDormand) who believe they can use the info to blackmail Cox. George Clooney plays a needy ex-U.S. Marshall who gets tangled up in the mess - he's dating both Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton.

This is the first Coen Brothers film not photographed by Roger Deakins since Barton Fink (1991). Emmanuel Lubezki (Children of Men, The New World) takes over.

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ComedyCrimeThriller
Director:
Joel Coen ('No Country For Old Men', 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?', 'Fargo', 'The Big Lebowski', 'Barton Fink')Ethan Coen
Writer:
Joel CoenEthan Coen
Cast:
Brad PittFrances McDormandGeorge ClooneyTilda SwintonJohn MalkovichJ.K. Simmons

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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

Burn After Reading is ridiculous and funny. A fantastic combo.

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Variety

Variety

Nothing about the project's execution inspires the feeling that this was ever intended as anything more than a lark, which would be fine if it were a good one. As it is, audience teeth-grinding sets in early and never lets up.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

It would be no country for movie lovers without the Coens. They still manage to run unmuzzled while the rest of Hollywood runs scared.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The characters are zany, the plot coils upon itself with dizzy zeal, and the roles seem like a perfect fit for the actors -- yes, even Brad Pitt, as Chad, a gum-chewing, fuzzy-headed physical fitness instructor. I've always thought of him as a fine actor, but here he reveals a dimension that, shall I say, we haven't seen before.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Black comedy's farce elements are overwhelmed by the absence of a single likeable character.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Because it's a Coen brothers film before it's anything else, this is about as dark and nihilistic as comedies are allowed to get before the laughter dies bitterly on your lips.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Joel and Ethan Coen clearly are in a prankish mood, knocking out a minor piece of silliness with all the trappings of an A-list studio movie.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

If "No Country For Old Men" was vintage port, Burn After Reading is a shot of tequila: eye watering and hard to swallow, but the after-effect is terrific.

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