Funny Games Reviews

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Top Critic
Wally Hammond
Time Out
April 6, 2008
It's not a reassuring vision but that's not the name of Haneke's particular game.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
Damon Wise
Empire Magazine
April 6, 2008
A stylish, darkly satirical horror-thriller, raising serious questions about Hollywood's sanitisation of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
April 3, 2008
At heart, Funny Games is about the totalitarianism of cinema itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
Cinematical
March 26, 2008
It's an intellectually and morally challenging film that'll still have you shouting at the screen and lurching in your seat with every jolt.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
March 25, 2008
I defy you to find another movie with this much contempt for its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 25, 2008
...static, slow-moving and perversely timid...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
March 23, 2008
... Makes a valid point, but I didn't need a two-hour lecture to get it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 21, 2008
Not only is it a carbon copy, but such recent genre movies as 'Hostel' have examined the attraction of screen violence with greater immediacy and subversiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
March 21, 2008
The movie assumes you know all this already and shows it to you anyway.
Top Critic
David Ansen
Newsweek
March 20, 2008
That this relentless barrage of psychological and physical torture is extremely well made and powerfully performed -- Watts hurls herself into her physically demanding role with heroic conviction -- somehow makes it worse.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 19, 2008
No, Michael Haneke's new version does not need to exist. Regardless of its inherent quality or lack thereof, it serves essentially no useful purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
March 19, 2008
With the cult of cruelty wallpapering the media more than ever, and murders, wars and celebrity breakdowns as spectator sport, it was inevitable that the cinema of sadism would grab the untapped egghead arthouse crowd market. And the stampede is on.
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com
March 19, 2008
I do recommend the movie for those who like seriously hardcore suspense...The violence is absolutely uncomfortable, but I think that point could have been amply made without the violation of reality
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 18, 2008
If he's not a master at making audiences squirm, (Michael) Haneke (Caché) is close.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
March 17, 2008
It's a realism meant to demonstrate how people who enjoy such movies are accessories to the proliferation of violence in media, and Haneke pulls it off with a master's touch.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 17, 2008
An art-punk lecture gone weirdly wrong, the film works in ways the director presumably never intended. But the nasty thing works all the same. The movie is a flawlessly engineered torture device.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 17, 2008
Things turn really nasty, in ways that will shock and repulse. And yet it is difficult to look away.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
March 17, 2008
What many people will fail to realize is that this is a Dadaist exercise -- it is not concerned with traditional aesthetics, and is intended to offend, in order to destroy the current climate of filmmaking, and its fostering of a culture of violence.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
March 17, 2008
The last thing I expected was to walk out of a theater showing Funny Games with a smile on my face.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
March 17, 2008
Although Funny Games inspires a lot of conflicting emotions in viewers, isn't it always better to leave the theatre feeling something than nothing at all?
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