Burn After Reading (2008)
Critic Consensus: With Burn After Reading, the Coen Brothers have crafted another clever comedy/thriller with an outlandish plot and memorable characters.
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as Harry Pfarrer
as Linda Litzke
as Osbourne Cox
as Chad Feldheimer
as Katie Cox
as Ted Treffon
as Sandy Pfarrer
as CIA Officer
as CIA Superior
as Cosmetic Surgeon
as Tuchman Marsh Man
as Divorce Lawyer
as Party Guest
as Party Guest
as Stretching Gym Patron
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Critic Reviews for Burn After Reading
These are functioning morons, they walk and work among us. And they are brilliant and funny and in spite of the screwball-comedy nature of the story, they are completely believable.
, Frances McDormand might get nominated for an Academy Award in a supporting role. She was great.
The Coens are loopy stylists, and it's often amusing to watch this comedy of errors unfold. But after a masterpiece like No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading is classified as disposable.
For fans of the Coens... it suggests, especially on the heels of No Country for Old Men, that they have rediscovered their cinematic vision after several lean years.
On screen, delusional schmoes are more fun than smart people, and in the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, the imperious former spook played by John Malkovich accuses his blackmailers...of heading a league of morons.
Audience Reviews for Burn After Reading
This film is just fun and funny. A Coen Bros classic that can't be missed. The characters are expertly drawn and the alluring, winding plot is enjoyable. Great performances from the entire cast. Possibly the least dark Coens' movie.
Another fantastic outing for the Coen Brothers whose quirks and kookiness add charm and additional laughs with repeat viewings. Featuring outstanding work from an all-star cast, the Coen Brothers craft memorable characters and situations that will stick with me forever. I haven't laughed as hard as I do at any other movie in recent memory. The plot is ludicrous and hysterical in equal measure and has the right amount of stupid and smart to work. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I consider Burn After Reading a dark comedy masterpiece.
An insanely hilarious melange of comedy and thriller as one would imagine from the Coen Brothers, with a bizarre story full of characters who are stupid beyond comprehension and great performances by its whole cast, especially Brad Pitt stealing the scene.
Burn After Reading Quotes
|CIA Superior:||What do we learn, Palmer?|
|Chad Feldheimer:||I dont know sir.|
|CIA Superior:||I don't fucking know either.|
|Chad Feldheimer:||I guess we learned, not to do it again.|
|Chad Feldheimer:||Yes sir.|
|Chad Feldheimer:||I'm fucked if I know what we did.|
|Chad Feldheimer:||I am very surprised that he did not give us that reward!|
|Chad Feldheimer:||Secure your shit.|
|Linda Litzke:||Dribble? Dribble?|