• R, 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Roman Polanski
    In Theaters:
    Dec 16, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Mar 20, 2012
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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Carnage Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

An intriguingly verbose film about adult arguments, which aren't that different from playground jousts.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 4.0/5

June 30, 2013
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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 Source: Las Vegas CityLife | Original Score: 3/5

April 21, 2013
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

[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 Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2012
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk

Carnage is ... very accessible, really enjoyable and, thanks mostly to a brilliant cast with an undeniable talent for comedy, really rather funny.

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 4/5

September 13, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Carnage is neatly directly, sharply scripted and outstandingly performed drama. It's voyeuristic, it's relevant and it's hilarious.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 4/5

April 26, 2012
Liam Maguren
Flicks.co.nz

A delightfully uncivilised car-crash of a meeting.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 4/5

April 12, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

March 21, 2012
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

Carnage is ... more of a curiosity than a major experience - but it's fun and funny, and sometimes that's enough.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

March 11, 2012
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

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 Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 8, 2012
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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 Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

March 2, 2012
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald

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 Source: The Sun Herald | Original Score: 9/10

February 26, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 25, 2012
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

It's fascinating, confronting and often extremely funny in the way only real life situations can be

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 25, 2012
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 21, 2012
Kate Stables
Sight and Sound

The characters' all-round unpleasantness, and the film's merciless mirth-making with their failings, keeps things buoyantly, bleakly funny.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

February 7, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

The work of a master, this wickedly funny film is beautifully orchestrated and controlled.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

February 5, 2012
Jason Best
Movie Talk

It's ghastly but utterly riveting. Reza is merciless in her dissection of social hypocrisy and she finds a ruthlessly efficient accomplice in Polanski.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

February 3, 2012
Derek Malcolm
This is London

The film is well able to make us think exactly how we might have behaved in similar circumstances.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

February 3, 2012

Liverpool Echo

It's an acting tour-de-force, the tension heightened by the claustrophobic setting...

Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo

February 3, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

Roman Polanski's sharp, short and stagily-shot adaptation of the Olivier Award-winning play God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

February 3, 2012

Urban Cinefile
July 2, 2012

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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