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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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    A Darkly Hilarious Faux-Thriller

    The Coen Brothers are at it again in this unforgettably funny film. The star-studded cast is great, and each actor has a supremely unique character to boot. The dark humor and outrageous circumstances are what make this movie great. Oddly enough the funniest parts occur around what would normally be shocking or traumatic in a serious movie. I can't wait for this one to come to DVD and Blu-Ray.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A side-splittingly funny, though unlikely, adventure

    The old saw is that God looks after drunks and simpletons, and in this movie he/she definitely does hold Frances McDiarmid's character protectively close to the cosmic bosom; and though she is undoubtedly the funniest character in this movie, the joke's on everyone else, including Brad Pitt. This is not a movie that edifies the soul or lifts the spirit, but it is fantastic, in the classical sense, and funny, straight on and in offbeat fashion, and just the medicine for a rainy day, outside, or in the heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny

    Every actor did a great job to make this movie funny. There were some twists but easy to figure out as you watched it. You didn't know why everything happened until the end and that made it funnier.

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