Funny Games Reviews

October 18, 2018
Funny Games is a masterful torture-porn film that implicitly castigates the viewer for sitting through it. Its true and lasting violence is inflicted not upon its characters but upon us.
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.
February 3, 2018
Funny Games is the most disturbing film I have ever seen.
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 5, 2015
A cool, calculated exercise in serious discomfort.
October 14, 2012
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.
September 12, 2008
This new version adds nothing novel, but it lacks none of the original's bite.
September 12, 2008
If you saw the original, the elements of suprise may be missing, but dread and suspense and nastiness are translated perfectly.
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 12, 2008
We're left with the nasty taste of our own bloodlust long after the credits have rolled.
September 12, 2008
Registers more strongly than the original as a film about privileged white people...
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
September 5, 2008
It's a tawdry kind of horror movie plot, given new meaning by Haneke's considerable intellect.
September 5, 2008
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.
June 18, 2008
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
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
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.
June 9, 2008
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.
June 9, 2008
...a lurid piece of business, made all the more offensive for its apparent higher aspirations.