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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

This is a great movie.

The Cohen Brothers' Burn After Reading is a twisted hilarious movie worth watching. Set around a woman who wants plastic surgery and a ex-CIA agent who loses his disk containing his manuscript for his book. What really makes the movie good is the off colored humor, plot...
The Cohen Brothers' Burn After Reading is a twisted hilarious movie worth watching. Set around a woman who wants plastic surgery and a ex-CIA agent who loses his disk containing his manuscript for his book. What really makes the movie good is the off colored humor, plot twists, and unexpected ending.

The whole movie is filled with the off colored humor of the Cohen Brothers, from beginning to end. The Cohen Brothers use this off colored humor to bring about situational comedy to portray the woman's life and the situations that arise from her and her co-workers finding the ex-CIA agent's disk. The use of sexual innuendos can also be considered 'off color'.

When watching this movie one doesn't really know what to expect because of the plot twists. The woman and her co-worker want the ex-CIA agent to pay them for finding his disk, he assumes that they are trying to blackmail him. Instead of just returning the disk the woman and her co-work try selling the disk to the Russians. The Cohen Brothers keep the twists coming.

The ending was the best of all. It was completely unexpected and totally off colored, some would consider it inappropriate. When all is said and done the CIA agency didn't really know what to say nor did they really understand what had happened. Their solution was funniest of all.

Over all this movie was filled with laughs and surprises. It does not have a run-of-the-mill plot where one can predict what is going to happen. Burn After Reading is worth the money to purchase on DVD.

posted by Mike_S-85 on October 1, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Another Coen Bros Screwball Farce

The brothers Coen follow up their Oscar winning No Country for Old Men with this profanely dark comedy that is not nearly as fun as a whole as it is in parts. Starts off as quirky and loopy as one expects from a Coen comedy, but gets violent and bloody toward the end ....
The brothers Coen follow up their Oscar winning No Country for Old Men with this profanely dark comedy that is not nearly as fun as a whole as it is in parts. Starts off as quirky and loopy as one expects from a Coen comedy, but gets violent and bloody toward the end . . . needlessly. There is a funny, but gross, homage to Fargo at the finale! Some of the performances are great, but Clooney and Malkovich come dangerously close to overacting, chewing the scenerey with gusto. McDormand brings a nice humanity to the film, and Pitt looks like he's having the time of his life . . . but, in the end, what is the point?

posted by 217201 on October 1, 2010

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    WORST MOVIE!

    i thought this movie would be soo very funny but it was a huge dissapointment!!!!! my mom and I both thought this movie sucked we didn't even finish the movie we just turned it off becuase the whole movie sucked soo much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An hour and a half I'll never get back.

    What a disappointment! Someone at Entertainment Weekly named this one of the 10 best movies of 2008, but my tastes are obviously different. This film was a lot of silliness and violence without much point. See "Fargo" or "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" and skip this waste of time.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I'd rather watch Nights In Rodanthe again

    The Coen Brothers make movies that we are supposed to like because they are smart, witty and the cinematic equivalent of a complex Cabernet Sauvignon. I say to this: Huh?<BR/><BR/>This movie was an insult. It was overacted and underwritten. It was a clever premise that ran out of steam in about 20 minutes. Brad Pitt was funny only because he was playing a goofball. John Malovich played true to type as a raging lunatic. George Clooney was - well, George Clooney. He more or less walks through most of his movies playing the charming everyday guy.<BR/><BR/>I hate movies that have an abrupt ending, and this one rewarded my diligence of sitting through the whole movie by just ending cold. it was a classic case of a "what just happened" movie. I honestly thought my DVD jumped ahead over a chapter or two.<BR/><BR/>Coen fans will rent or buy this because they are Coen fans, but shouldn't a movie stand on its own merits, not its pedigree?<BR/><BR/>if you want to own a Coen movie, buy Fargo. They should have retired after they made that one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dont waste your time

    despite what people like mike-s85 say, (off color? must have been the word(s) of the day) this film was absolutely absurd. what were the cohen brothers smoking? i actually saw this film @ the theatre and wanted a refund. & that fact that it ends so abruptly made a bad film even worse!!! some people might argue that this film is for the more sophisticated viewer however i beg to differ. dont waste your time! if i could give this film negative stars i would!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie should be entitled Burn Before Watching

    There was absolutely nothing worth watching in this film. It was not funny as advertised. The story lines made no sense, especially when they tried to tie everything together. Unnecessary foul language and violence. There is no point to wasting 2 hours on this movie.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    um ok....

    i thought it was horrible <BR/>i was bored<BR/>it was funny though but it was pointless wow

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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