Burn After Reading

Lists: Comedy, Drama, Farce

Brief Synopsis: "This is comedic tale of espionage. An ousted CIA official's memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two unwise gym employees intent on exploiting their find."

Overall Ranking: 1048 (Rank from 2008: # 21)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 28.57%
Regular 42.86%
Half-Popped 28.57%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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David Baruffi97
Lisa Marie Bowman90 - A wonderfully satiric look at greed, lust, espionage, paranoia, and stupidity.
(full review)
Patrick Devitt80
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Thomas Pollock70
Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes64(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest62

People Involved

  • George Clooney (Harry Pfarrer)
  • Frances McDormand (Linda Litzke)
  • Tilda Swinton (Katie Cox)
  • Brad Pitt (Chad Feldheimer)
  • Richard Jenkins (Ted Treffon)
  • J.K. Simmons (CIA Superior)
  • John Malkovich (Ozzie Cox)
  • Elizabeth Marvel (Sandy Pfarrer)
  • David Rasche (CIA Officer)
  • Olek Krupa (Krapotkin)
  • Michael Countryman (Alan)
  • Kevin Sussman (Tuchman Marsh Man)
  • J.R. Horne (Divorce Lawyer)
  • Hamilton Clancy (Peck)
  • Armand Schultz (Olson)
  • Ethan Coen (Director)