Metacritic Movie Ratings
Burn After Reading Reviews

4.0

63

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    It's consistently funny -- with witty dialogue and offbeat banter that stays in your head for days.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRoger Ebert

    The characters are zany, the plot coils upon itself with dizzy zeal, and the roles seem like a perfect fit for the actors -- yes, even Brad Pitt, as Chad, a gum-chewing, fuzzy-headed physical fitness instructor. I've always thought of him as a fine actor, but here he reveals a dimension that, shall I say, we haven't seen before.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterKirk Honeycutt

    Joel and Ethan Coen clearly are in a prankish mood, knocking out a minor piece of silliness with all the trappings of an A-list studio movie.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyLisa Schwarzbaum

    The movie is overplowed, even if Brad Pitt's debut as a Coen comedy player is eye-catching.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    It's a cheerful trifle tossed off by the Coen brothers in their self-enchanted mode, an approach to comedy that shrugs off comedy's cardinal rule -- Don't Act Funny.

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