75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It would be no country for movie lovers without the Coens. They still manage to run unmuzzled while the rest of Hollywood runs scared.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Doesn't add up to much, but it's fast and funny and lets a bunch of top-drawer actors exercise their comic muscles.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A goofy screwball romp that affords a gaggle of A-listers the chance to hambone around in antic style.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's consistently funny -- with witty dialogue and offbeat banter that stays in your head for days.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger 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

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk 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

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Shallow and proud of it, an antic cartoon that lacks the comic inspiration to go the distance.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe 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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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The movie is overplowed, even if Brad Pitt's debut as a Coen comedy player is eye-catching.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Hopped up like a Bugs Bunny cartoon on mescaline and as chatty and uppity as a 5-year-old, Burn After Reading could be seen as the Coen brothers' need to let loose after the tightly wound "No Country for Old Men."
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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