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Funny Games (2008)



Critic Consensus: Though made with great skill, Funny Games is nevertheless a sadistic exercise in chastising the audience.

Movie Info

In this provocative and brutal thriller, a vacationing family gets an unexpected visit from two deeply disturbed young men. Their idyllic holiday turns nightmarish as they are subjected to unimaginable terrors and struggle to stay alive.more
Rating: R (for terror, violence and some language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Haneke
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 10, 2008
Box Office: $1.0M
Warner Independent Pictures - Official Site


Tim Roth
as George
Susanne C. Hanke
as Betsy's Sisters-in-L...
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Critic Reviews for Funny Games

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (39)

It's not a reassuring vision but that's not the name of Haneke's particular game.

Full Review… | April 6, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

A cool, calculated exercise in serious discomfort.

Full Review… | September 5, 2015

For an audience that willingly hands over fistfuls of cash to see men and women savagely tortured in the name of entertainment, Funny Games U.S. is just the director giving the people what they want. Enjoy.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

This new version adds nothing novel, but it lacks none of the original's bite.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Time Out Sydney

If you saw the original, the elements of suprise may be missing, but dread and suspense and nastiness are translated perfectly.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

As an experiment in film form, Funny Games is intriguing, but the self-congratulation and post-modern trickery are at once irksome and intellectually and artistically dishonest.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
FILMINK (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Funny Games

A shot-for-shot remake in English of the brilliant Austrian thriller that Haneke himself made ten years before - which makes me wonder what the point is, since it is the exact same plot. At least it is worth checking out for Naomi Watts' spectacular performance.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Michael Haneke's 'Funny Games' is a work of existential nihilism that challenges the idea of 'Hollywood morals' and audience's complicity in acts of violence. The story sees two serial killers/ home invaders subject a family to a series of games in which humiliation is key and mercy is left behind. 'Funny Games' suffers from an undeserved sense of self-brilliance, the fourth wall is often broken as the killers question if viewers are enjoying/agreeing with what is happening on screen in a manner which assumes they don't,this is wrong. As the film progresses it becomes that which it criticizes, elevating itself to the enjoyable levels of 'torture porn' it desperately wants to parody.

The failings of the film's proposed ideologies is furthered by the moments the family being tortured are alone, which are boring and over-long, somewhat building excitement for their deaths. Despite all this 'Funny Games' is strengthened by convincing performances and a few experimental devices that separate it from the norm.

Overly heavy handed and boring, 'Funny Games' fails to reach the levels of greatness it's so sure it has and offers less than the torture films it grows to become.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer


Until this film, I don't think I had ever watched a shot-for-shot remake, let alone one made by the same filmmaker as the original. I mean, what's the point, exactly? Perhaps a wider appeal in America/the English-speaking world, which traditionally resists reading subtitles...?

Unfortunately, I don't really like Tim Roth, (he's no Ulrich Muhe, not even close), and after seeing the original, there's not much punch in the remake, nor even any subtle corrections to strengthen what was already there. I'll give it a decent rating, though, because other than the Roth vs. Muhe question, it's hard to find much difference. Personally, I'd watch the original, because it was made when it needed to made, when its point might have been strongest - plus, on that DVD, you get the interview with Haneke that's crucial to understanding just what the heck is going on, and why anyone would make a film like this. You'll get a chilling story whichever version you choose though, and one that ably points out how calmly we accept violence on film - and why, perhaps, we shouldn't.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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