Funny Games Reviews

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September 12, 2008
Registers more strongly than the original as a film about privileged white people...
September 5, 2008
It's a tawdry kind of horror movie plot, given new meaning by Haneke's considerable intellect.
April 6, 2008
It's not a reassuring vision but that's not the name of Haneke's particular game.
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 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 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?
March 14, 2008
While Haneke is attacking our culture for being drawn to violent fare, he is also relishing in presenting it to us, in prolonged and detailed fashion.
March 14, 2008
The performances are outstanding across the board. The direction and writing are masterful.
March 14, 2008
not what it appears to be on the surface.
March 14, 2008
A sour project that defines anti-imaginative.
March 14, 2008
Are you complicit for watching the stuff? Would you be less of a jerk if you walked out? Is [Haneke] wallowing in the thing he's critiquing and consequently a bigger jerk?
March 14, 2008
There's no denying Austrian director Michael Haneke's skill as a filmmaker, but Funny Games is just a vile cinematic exercise.
March 14, 2008
It's a pity the movie is so smug, gimmicky and heartless.
March 14, 2008
Michael Haneke hates you.
March 14, 2008
Basically torture porn every bit as manipulative and reprehensible as Hostel, even if it's tricked out with intellectual pretension.
March 14, 2008
If you're interested in intellectual abstraction, you might find Haneke's games intriguing. Just be warned: When the movie ends, you'll definitely feel like you've been played.
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.
March 14, 2008
The experience of watching Funny Games, be it the original or this version, is never forgotten, whatever your ultimate impression of the film.
March 14, 2008
The worst of the violence occurs off-screen, but Funny Games is still a vicious, vicious movie.
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