Burn After Reading | Full Movie

Burn After Reading
  • R
  • 1h 35m
  • 2008
Certified Fresh78%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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An all-star cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and John Malkovich, come together in this outrageous spy comedy about murder, blackmail, sex addiction and physical fitness! When a disc filled with some of the CIA's most irrelevant secrets gets in the hands of two determined, but dim-witted, gym employees, the duo are intent on exploiting their find. But since blackmail is a trade better left for the experts, events soon spiral out of everyone's and anyone's control, resulting in a non-stop series of hilarious encounters! From Joel and Ethan Coen, the Academy Award®-winning directors of No Country For Old Menand The Big Lebowski, comes this brilliantly clever and endlessly entertaining movie that critics are calling, "smart, funny, and original" (Ben Lyons, E!).

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh78%
Critics Consensus: With Burn After Reading, the Coen Brothers have crafted another clever comedy/thriller with an outlandish plot and memorable characters.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly
Rotten

June 21, 2017
At the Movies
Ben Mankiewicz
Fresh

These are functioning morons, they walk and work among us. And they are brilliant and funny and in...

March 3, 2019
At the Movies
Ben Lyons
Fresh

, Frances McDormand might get nominated for an Academy Award in a supporting role. She was great.

June 21, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Joe Williams
Fresh

The Coens are loopy stylists, and it's often amusing to watch this comedy of errors unfold. But af...

March 3, 2019
The New Republic
Christopher Orr
Fresh

For fans of the Coens... it suggests, especially on the heels of No Country for Old Men, that they...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Quirky, violent Coen comedy isn't meant for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this quirky comic thriller has much in common with others in the Coen brothers' canon: It's very funny and very violent. There's plenty of sex (though not much nudity) and swearing ("f--k"s galore), and characters drink, like, manipulate, and whatever else they need to do to promote their own selfish interests. But teens may still want to see it, both because it stars Brad Pitt and George Clooney and because so many of the Coens' previous comedies have become cult favorites (Fargo, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Espionage, Comedy
  • Release Date:September 12, 2008
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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