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Carnage Reviews

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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
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
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
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 2, 2012
Although the play isn't quite as successful or penetrating on screen, it works as an entertainingly vicious doubles tennis match between two pairs of terrific actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
February 26, 2012
Polanski hasn't had this much fun in years and neither, by the looks of things, has his cast. A wickedly dark delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 25, 2012
The screenplay develops beautifully as layer after layer of civilised behaviour is pared back. The awkward interaction of parents about their boys switches gear to become a hostile interaction of couples about their inner demons and relationship struggles
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 25, 2012
It's fascinating, confronting and often extremely funny in the way only real life situations can be
Simon Miraudo
February 21, 2012
Foster and Winslet have to endure total mental breakdowns and disintegrate their characters' closely guarded personas. Although it hardly needs to be said at this point in their decorated careers, they're fantastic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kate Stables
Sight and Sound
February 7, 2012
The characters' all-round unpleasantness, and the film's merciless mirth-making with their failings, keeps things buoyantly, bleakly funny.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 5, 2012
The work of a master, this wickedly funny film is beautifully orchestrated and controlled.
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