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Carnage Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
"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.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
The funniest movie I saw last year. A short, tart, altogether delectable slice of misanthropy.
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David Elliott
San Diego Reader
February 4, 2015
The acting marathon is adroitly blocked and paced by Polanski and impeccably shot by Pawel Edelman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Clayton Davis
September 14, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
David Keyes
June 12, 2014
Few recent movies have been this perceptive about such immediate human conflicts, much less this funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Justin Craig
September 25, 2013
Running a mere 80 minutes, "Carnage" still feels longer than it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
Statically filmed by Polanski the film version lacks punch and zest.
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
A veteran of stage-to-screen adaptations, the filmmaker in exile turns to Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage for his latest and shortest feature, but on this occasion, the translation harvests little from its perhaps meager source.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
An intriguingly verbose film about adult arguments, which aren't that different from playground jousts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
This is an actors' movie, although it's not always pleasant. Waltz has the most fun, and is the most enjoyable to watch. He also exchanges dialogue with Winslet that best sums up the story's absurdist nature: "Why are we still in this house?"
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Beck
September 17, 2012
[Polanski] has crafted a bizarre little film that runs only about 75 minutes, uses one location, and only four characters who spend most of the film sitting/standing around talking or shouting at each other, yet the film is engaging and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Looker
September 13, 2012
Carnage is ... very accessible, really enjoyable and, thanks mostly to a brilliant cast with an undeniable talent for comedy, really rather funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
June 30, 2012
Given the powerhouse performers involved, this thing should have gone off like a powder keg, but [director Roman] Polanski apparently directed the film by text...A terrible film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 26, 2012
Carnage is neatly directly, sharply scripted and outstandingly performed drama. It's voyeuristic, it's relevant and it's hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Liam Maguren
April 12, 2012
A delightfully uncivilised car-crash of a meeting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 21, 2012
I thought the highlight of the film was after the guests eat Foster's homemade fruit cobbler, Winslet vomits over hubby and Foster's precious coffee table books.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
March 11, 2012
Carnage is ... more of a curiosity than a major experience - but it's fun and funny, and sometimes that's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012
Parents and married couples, especially, will get a lot out of the biting commentary in Carnage. Not a cinematic triumph but a good way to flex the frontal lobe of your brain for a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
March 5, 2012
Each character seems to be rushing through their arguments and it's as if every single word has been over thought.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
March 3, 2012
The only thing worse than watching good actors turn in bad performances is witnessing a good director go with the motions, which is exactly what Polanski does here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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