Funny Games Reviews

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May 14, 2018
The film's polemic on violence in modern popular culture has a self-defeating narcissism; cheap comic violence is used to propel the action forward rather than develop plot or characters.
August 24, 2017
Defenders of Funny Games repeatedly point out that it shouldn't be fun. But if it isn't, then it should at least be subversive.
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.
September 7, 2008
An actors' showcase and a hefty serving of director Michael Haneke's self indulgence
September 7, 2008
There is something far uglier and dirtier below the surface: voyeuristic sadism in which Haneke implicitly involves his audience
June 12, 2008
Flogging the audience is one thing, but to deny them free will in their role - thus responsibility - is something else.
June 9, 2008
...a lurid piece of business, made all the more offensive for its apparent higher aspirations.
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.
March 25, 2008
I defy you to find another movie with this much contempt for its audience.
March 25, 2008
...static, slow-moving and perversely timid...
March 23, 2008
... Makes a valid point, but I didn't need a two-hour lecture to get it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 17, 2008
The last thing I expected was to walk out of a theater showing Funny Games with a smile on my face.
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.
March 17, 2008
Haneke's assault on our fantasy lives is shallow, unimaginative, and glacially unengaged -- a sucker punch without the redeeming passion of punk.
March 16, 2008
A disturbing headscratcher likely to leave an audience feeling more abused than entertained.
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.
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