Burn After Reading Review

Movie ReviewBurn After Reading: 6.5 out of 10.

I'm on holidays. I'm still in the city, because I've got a couple of important slo-pitch playoff games to play tonight and my priorities are in order, so my wife and I decided to watch this Coen brothers film we missed last year.

Generally speaking, I love Coen brothers flicks. "No Country for Old Men", "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", "The Big Lebowski", "Fargo", "Miller's Crossing", and "Raising Arizona" are personal favourites. Their direction is consistently awesome, but "Burn After Reading" isn't a home run.

It's possible my disappointment is a result of the aforementioned excellence, as I expect to be amazed by everything Ethan and Joel Coen direct. It certainly didn't stink, but it was a little slower and less intriguing than usual. It was just okay, and for the Coen brothers, that's not good enough.


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It wasn't "a rip-roaring good time!" or "laugh out loud funny!" but it had some humourous moments, Pitt's character especially.

August 18, 2009 @ 7:03 PM


Strongly disagree. I think Burn After Reading was one of the best movies that came out last summer.

It was paced well and set up some really good scenes without dragging and the character development was excellent.

August 19, 2009 @ 9:22 AM


Can someone remind Bard Pitt he's not funny? Stick to the brooding serious characters, he's barely passable but as a comedic actor, he's brutal.

August 19, 2009 @ 10:16 AM

Andrew (needs a more distinct name)


Brad Pitt is a very funny actor. He was good in this, 12 Monkeys and Snatch.

Don't judge him because he is pretty and mega-famous.

August 19, 2009 @ 3:15 PM


Andrew - He cant act. You think he's pretty???

August 20, 2009 @ 1:03 PM

Andrew (needs a more distinct name)

He can. But you are predisposed to hate him.

Yeah, I know when a guy is good looking. I guess that makes me gay in your mind doesn't it?

August 20, 2009 @ 1:53 PM

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