Carnage (2011)



Critic Consensus: It isn't as compelling on the screen as it was on the stage, but Carnage makes up for its flaws with Polanski's smooth direction and assured performances from Winslet and Foster.

Movie Info

Carnage is a razor sharp, biting comedy centered on parental differences. After two boys duke it out on a playground, the parents of the "victim" invite the parents of the "bully" over to work out their issues. A polite discussion of childrearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four parents revealing their true colors. None of them will escape the carnage. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Roman Polanski, Roman Pola?ski, Yasmina Reza
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2012
Box Office: $2.5M
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Critic Reviews for Carnage

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (46)

"Carnage" is just another in a long line of improbable movie depictions of New York as seen in "Sex and the City" and other such drivel.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

The funniest movie I saw last year. A short, tart, altogether delectable slice of misanthropy.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

The acting marathon is adroitly blocked and paced by Polanski and impeccably shot by Pawel Edelman.

Full Review… | February 4, 2015
San Diego Reader

While the film, at a staggering and quick 80 minute runtime, plays exceedingly well off the energy of the performers, the downfall ultimately lies in a "loss of steam" vigor that is evident by picture's end.

Full Review… | September 14, 2014

Few recent movies have been this perceptive about such immediate human conflicts, much less this funny.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014

Running a mere 80 minutes, "Carnage" still feels longer than it should.

Full Review… | September 25, 2013

Audience Reviews for Carnage

I really wanted to watch this movie and now that i've seen it i am not disappointed!
Its going to be a Marmite kind of film, your either going to Hate it with a passion or just absolutely Love it !
Me personally i Loved it! I thought it was original, written extremely well, it was acted beautifully which isn't a shock when its such a great cast! Its nice to see that Polanski has done one better than Ghost Writer as that was a truly dreadful movie!
Its made beautifully and it sticks to the true form of being a play, which is great!
Its Just a good movie that is thoroughly enjoyable and i just loved the ending a true play form which i loved!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


Too unsubstantial to be a great movie. Pretty much two couples in one room arguing about a physical fight their sons got into. I believe it is adapted from a play. As such it feels unnatural and strained that they all stay in the room, annoyed as they are at each other.
Performances are good. I'm not a parent, so the topic was not overly exciting to me. Maybe others would get more out of it.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


I guess I am not a Roman Polanski fan...I'm still looking for the dark humor, or any humor, for that matter...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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