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Carnage Reviews

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November 16, 2017
Roman Polanski, adapting a play by Yasmina Reza into a Brooklyn kammerspiel, turns Bu˝uel's "The Exterminating Angel" into a non-fantastic comedic farce of banal bourgeois pettiness.
September 18, 2017
I doubt whether anyone will recognize elements of themselves within these characters, and without that, one can't identify enough with any of the protagonists to bring about the kind of discomfort that comes with the self-recognition of human failing.
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.
May 3, 2015
The funniest movie I saw last year. A short, tart, altogether delectable slice of misanthropy.
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
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
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
September 25, 2013
Running a mere 80 minutes, "Carnage" still feels longer than it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 8, 2013
Statically filmed by Polanski the film version lacks punch and zest.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
April 12, 2012
A delightfully uncivilised car-crash of a meeting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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-
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
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
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