Funny Games Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 14, 2008
It's a pity the movie is so smug, gimmicky and heartless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 1, 2008
What's terrible and irritating about the film is that Haneke isn't doing it to tell a story. He just wants to punish us for wanting to see this movie in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 14, 2008
Both versions of Funny Games force the audience to eat it, really eat it, and while they're eating it, to think about the mechanics and the narrative tropes of a typical revenge drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 14, 2008
In addition to being borderline unendurable, Funny Games is inexplicable, and I don't mean in any philosophical sense. Who thought the world needed a shot-for-shot English-language version of Mr. Haneke's 1997 German-language film?
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
March 14, 2008
It's a pesky example of the American penchant for taking a fairly contemporary film and getting rid of the nasty subtitles.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 14, 2008
The worst of the violence occurs off-screen, but Funny Games is still a vicious, vicious movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 17, 2008
The fact that it features fine performances, talented direction and some moments of genuine suspense only makes the end product that much more grotesque and appalling.
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
March 13, 2008
A movie that lives and dies on its gimmick, and when you figure out that all it's doing is toying with us, there's nothing left worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
March 12, 2008
Haneke is a hypocrite who wants to censure anyone who likes fictionalized cruelty but nonetheless takes great pleasure in punishing his innocent upper-class protagonists
Full Review | Original Score: C
Peter Galvin
FILMINK (Australia)
September 12, 2008
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.
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
March 16, 2008
A disturbing headscratcher likely to leave an audience feeling more abused than entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 7, 2008
There is something far uglier and dirtier below the surface: voyeuristic sadism in which Haneke implicitly involves his audience
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 7, 2008
An actors' showcase and a hefty serving of director Michael Haneke's self indulgence
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
March 13, 2008
The appalling sadism it eagerly employs in the name of, well, decrying sadism, becomes all the more infuriating when Funny Games repeatedly tells us it's for our own good.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
March 13, 2008
The only real torture here is the one Haneke inflicts on the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
March 13, 2008
You'll likely experience a strong reaction to Funny Games, but therein lies the conundrum: Is the film simply reprehensible, or is it art?
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
March 14, 2008
Haneke has constructed a gimmicky, pretentious mess that deservedly or not, will generate controversy. After all, generating controversy with Funny Games is Haneke's unabashed goal; would that it was making a better film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
March 13, 2008
Either one subscribes to Haneke's breathless nihilism and sarcasm or you give up immediately and write the whole thing off as another Eurotrash director masturbating with his camera...my personal choice is a nap.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 25, 2008
...static, slow-moving and perversely timid...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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