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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.
September 25, 2013
Running a mere 80 minutes, "Carnage" still feels longer than it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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-
January 13, 2012
Where previously we felt as trapped in Polanski's apartments as his characters, in Carnage we only ever peek in through the window.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.9/10
September 8, 2013
Statically filmed by Polanski the film version lacks punch and zest.
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.
January 18, 2012
...an overly neat, smug movie that, like the helicopter parents it pretends to satirize, is all about reassuring rather than instructing.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
December 12, 2011
Carnage suffers from a common problem that afflicts many stage-to-screen adaptations: too much artifice and contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 15, 2011
I was put off by the acting, or more properly by the spectacle of good actors dutifully following leaden direction, and equally by the writing, which is as thin as the veneer of civilization it purports to peel back.
December 16, 2011
For a great 4-character stage-to-screen adaptation see Jack Goes Boating. Or revisit Virginia Woolf. As for Carnage? Bloodless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
January 12, 2012
In real life, hyper-controlling metropolitan parents would not waste this much time on people they loathe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 16, 2011
Tedious and self-congratulatory. Wears out its welcome after about a half hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
December 13, 2011
Even as it successfully evokes the single location as a pressure cooker for heightened behavior, its take on the psychological and emotional side effects of such an airless situation never transcends the obvious.
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.
January 7, 2012
It doesn't have any real bite, nor does the verbal sparring between these four supercilious dopes amount to anything out of the ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 28, 2011
A comedy? Lazy, tedious Polanski. It's all about putting on and taking off coats. Moviegoers will not rush out to the theater after seeing this.
January 11, 2012
When cold apple-pear cobbler is enough to undo Jodie Foster's mother of the victim when everyone's still trying to be nice, there isn't anywhere else to go but down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Top Critic
December 15, 2011
You're always aware that you're watching filmed theater.
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