The Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading . starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton, received a generally warm reception from critics as it opened the Venice Film Festival Wednesday night. Reviewing the film for Bloomberg News, Farah Nayeri wrote, "With Burn After Reading , the Coen brothers have produced their freshest, lightest comedy yet, despite its dark overtones. Only they could successfully mix physical fitness, the CIA, Internet dating, national security, plastic surgery, and marital infidelity." All of the stars, along with the Coens, took part in a news conference following the press screening. Each of the actors portrays a kind of idiotic character, leading Joel Coen to remark that he and his brother have "a long history of writing parts for idiotic characters." Then, possibly with the fresh memory of recent protests over Tropic Thunder in mind, he added, "By the way, I'm starting to detect something in the crowd here, a feeling that you all feel there's something wrong with being an idiot. I just want to caution you about that, because that's a sensitive subject and a big demographic."