Carnage Reviews

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March 27, 2019
Roman Polanski's major coup is not just in telling us such a universally resonant tale, but in gathering such a brilliant group of actors in a one space, and letting them loose at each other.
January 8, 2019
Carnage" visually never feels stagey, expertly capturing the diametrically opposed emotions of dueling characters within a scene often in a single frame.
December 13, 2018
Smart, dark, uncomfortable yet somehow endlessly watchable.
August 31, 2018
I'm not convinced it's particularly deep or insightful, but there is some enjoyment to be had from watching four actors at the top of their game get to where they do get to.
August 6, 2018
Carnage is,... worth seeing for Jodie Foster's first major performance in years. As a woman utterly convinced of her own superiority and righteousness, Foster gives us a very welcome reminder of her talent and her fearlessness.
November 16, 2017
Roman Polanski, adapting a play by Yasmina Reza into a Brooklyn kammerspiel, turns Buñuel's "The Exterminating Angel" into a non-fantastic comedic farce of banal bourgeois pettiness.
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.
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.
June 12, 2014
Few recent movies have been this perceptive about such immediate human conflicts, much less this funny.
June 30, 2013
An intriguingly verbose film about adult arguments, which aren't that different from playground jousts.
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?"
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.
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.
April 26, 2012
Carnage is neatly directly, sharply scripted and outstandingly performed drama. It's voyeuristic, it's relevant and it's hilarious.
April 12, 2012
A delightfully uncivilised car-crash of a meeting.
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.
March 11, 2012
Carnage is ... more of a curiosity than a major experience - but it's fun and funny, and sometimes that's enough.
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.
March 7, 2012
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