Burn After Reading is a film, written and directed by the Coen Brothers. My advice is to disregard all critics when dealing with a Coen film. Critics often tell you how well a film fits the mold or measures up to the standards. The Coens don’t work by the rules of the industry, they make their own guidelines and their films are ALWAYS worth seeing, this is no exception. The casting is just perfect, every character, no matter how small their role, is excellent. The script is thin, but with these wonderful actors, they make it work just fine. This odd ball, screw ball comedy is funny and yet, it is difficult to explain why you are laughing – it just happens. There are no spoken jokes, the situations and actions compel you to laugh.
While GEORGE CLOONEY, BRAD PITT, FRANCES MCDORMAND, TILDA SWINTON ( THE CROOKED LAWYER IN "MICHAEL CLAYTON") AND DAVID RASCHE ARE FINE; J.K. SIMMONS, THE SCREAMING EDITOR IN SPIDER-MAN AND THE PSYCHOLOGIST, DR.EMIL SKODA, IN TELEVISION'S LAW AND ORDER SERIES - STEALS MUCH OF THE SHOW AS THE CIA SUPERVISOR, WHO IS QUICK TO COVER UP ANY PROBLEMS, REAL OR IMAGINED.