Funny Games (1998)

Funny Games



Critic Consensus: Violent images and blunt audience provocation make up this nihilistic experiment from one of cinema's more difficult filmmakers.

Movie Info

A psychological thriller about an innocent family as they stumble upon a holiday in hell: Anna, George and their son arrive at their lovely lakeside home on vacation and meet a strange and demanding young man--a guest of their neighbors''--who turns out to have rather violent tendencies.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Haneke
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 9, 2001
Attitude Films


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Critic Reviews for Funny Games

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5)

The film outstays its welcome and is more than a little too knowing in its manipulation of standard audience expectations for the genre.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Brilliant, radical, provocative, it's a masterpiece that is at times barely watchable.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The emotions of the victims are clear and complex -- their conflicts dominate our experience of the narrative as powerfully as all the devices telling us to look elsewhere for the movie's themes.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The basic puzzle is why this sophisticated director chose this tired formula.

January 1, 2000
The New Republic
Top Critic

The first half is sadistically intense, Geiring and Frisch make wonderfully creepy psychopaths, and Haneke and cinematographer Jurgen Jurges burnish the film to a high polish that's rare for the genre.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A sort of Austrian art-house Cape Fear by way of the new Cinema of Cruelty.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009

Audience Reviews for Funny Games

I am a loser until I review this movie.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


Home invasion films are nothing new, and there have been quite a few films in the last few years that really have reinvigorated the genre, most notable You're Next and The Strangers. But Michael Haneke's 1997 film Funny Games ranks among one of the finest genre films and it's a brilliantly crafted picture, one that steadily builds up the tension and takes you on a nightmarish journey through hell. The cast are great in their roles and there is enough tension on-screen to grab your attention from beginning to end. What makes this such a twisted viewing is the fact that the villains are unrelenting and are truly menacing. The film is unflinching in its brutality, and Haneke's direction brilliantly conveys the dire situation that the characters go through. In terms of a horror film, Funny Games succeeds on many levels, and it's one that definitely goes for the human psyche and in doing so makes feel uncomfortable throughout the film. Like I said, home invasion films are not new, but when done right, they tend to succeed at being a truly disturbing and memorable horror film. That is the case with Funny Games, this film will stay with you long after you've seen it, and if you enjoy a well crafted, disturbing piece of horror, then this film is for you. The film has everything you'd expect from a good horror film and if you're a diehard horror fan, you definitely should give this one a viewing. With a great story, terrific acting and directing, Funny Games is an accomplished horror film that stands out among the genre as one of the best home invasion films ever made.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


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