Carnage Reviews

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February 8, 2019
It's like being realistically stuck in a room with four increasingly unpleasant people, listening to an argument that we can neither empathize with nor enter ourselves.
January 4, 2019
As painful as it was for the two couples in this story to meet and spend, it seems, 80 minutes together, it was even more brutal for the audience.
March 3, 2018
It plays like Edward Albee's classic "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" rewritten by the staff of "Frasier" into something a little less threatening.
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.
September 25, 2013
Running a mere 80 minutes, "Carnage" still feels longer than it should.
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, 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.
March 5, 2012
Each character seems to be rushing through their arguments and it's as if every single word has been over thought.
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.
February 17, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
February 3, 2012
A short and trifling thing.
January 29, 2012
Is it outrageous to expect a Roman Polanski movie titled 'Carnage' to have a little more bite?
January 18, 2012
...an overly neat, smug movie that, like the helicopter parents it pretends to satirize, is all about reassuring rather than instructing.
January 13, 2012
The script is full of mean-spiritedness, insensitivity, hypocrisy and projectile vomiting, all of which was frightfully hysterical on stage. Though it should have been an easy transition to film, especially directed by Polanski, it fails miserably.
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.
January 13, 2012
The actors seem to have fun, particularly Foster, working against type as the thoroughly unlikable Penelope. But "Carnage" isn't nearly as bloody as it thinks it is.
January 13, 2012
[A] near-total waste of time and talent.
January 13, 2012
What are supposed to be transgressive observations about the holy state of parenthood and matrimony instead come across as self-satisfied and shallow as the pieties Reza intends to puncture.
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