Burn After Reading

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  • Clip: Rendezvous with Mr. Black

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A disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous and daft gym employees who attempt to sell it.


  • George Clooney
  • Frances McDormand
  • John Malkovich
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Brad Pitt
  • Richard Jenkins
  • Elizabeth Marvel
  • David Rasche
  • J.K. Simmons
  • Jeffrey DeMunn

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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.

Metacritic review by Kirk Honeycutt
Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter

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

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times