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.
| Original Score: 4/5
This new version adds nothing novel, but it lacks none of the original's bite.
| Original Score: 5/6
If you saw the original, the elements of suprise may be missing, but dread and suspense and nastiness are translated perfectly.
We're left with the nasty taste of our own bloodlust long after the credits have rolled.
Registers more strongly than the original as a film about privileged white people...
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It's a tawdry kind of horror movie plot, given new meaning by Haneke's considerable intellect.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
I'm not at all sure that, in manipulating the audience to make his points, Haneke isn't as guilty of exploitation as the filmmakers and the films he's attacking here.
| Original Score: 3/5
The movie is unforgettable and will cause a reaction from you, whether you like it or not. Me? I liked it's sick, twisted sense of manipulating the audience
| Original Score: 3/4
After several years of "torture porn" horror flicks, Funny Games sets the counter back to zero, reminding us that torture isn't fun, isn't stimulating, and isn't something we should be getting off on.
In Funny Games, Haneke seems content to ram his thumbs into our eyes and then ask us why we were foolish enough to get within arm's length of his gray, grizzled visage.
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This is a piece of art. The direction is amazing, the performances are top-notch, and the pot-boiling pace is pitch-perfect.
We want retribution, we want reparations, we want revenge, but Haneke refuses to submit to our pleas, because he's the storyteller, and he's the one playing the games...
It's hard to imagine why anyone would want to subject themselves to the harrowing brutality of 'Funny Games,' but give German-born filmmaker Michael Haneke his due - his movie is shockingly effective.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's not a reassuring vision but that's not the name of Haneke's particular game.
A stylish, darkly satirical horror-thriller, raising serious questions about Hollywood's sanitisation of violence.
At heart, Funny Games is about the totalitarianism of cinema itself.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
The movie assumes you know all this already and shows it to you anyway.
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