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Burn After Reading


Joel and Ethan Coen's jet-black comedy Burn After Reading begins with CIA agent Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) losing his job. This prompts his long-suffering, unfaithful wife (Tilda Swinton) to consult a lawyer about divorcing him. Osborne decides to write a book about his exploits, but an early draft of his work ends up lost at a gym where it's found by the dim-witted Chad (Brad Pitt, and the plastic-surgery obsessed Linda (Frances McDormand). They decide to blackmail Osborne in order to help Linda pay...more Critics


Dave White Profile

So yeah, everyone’s involved and the circles close in smaller and smaller until people get hurt, including the audience.

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63 out of 100 Metascore®

Generally favorable reviews

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Iffy for 16+

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