Carnage Reviews

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February 4, 2015
The acting marathon is adroitly blocked and paced by Polanski and impeccably shot by Pawel Edelman.
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.
February 3, 2012
A short and trifling thing.
February 3, 2012
The film is well able to make us think exactly how we might have behaved in similar circumstances.
February 2, 2012
Some serious injury here, but not carnage.
January 31, 2012
Brief, brutal and barmy.
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
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.
January 13, 2012
If we grant that "Carnage" is a low-impact exercise in stripping away the social veneer, it's nonetheless brisk and enjoyable.
January 12, 2012
In real life, hyper-controlling metropolitan parents would not waste this much time on people they loathe.
January 12, 2012
The astonishing Waltz steals the picture, possibly because he's the one with a rational perspective (despite his telephonic obsessiveness): He sees the whole exercise as pointless. Ultimately, so do we.
January 12, 2012
Foster is particularly impressive in a stridently unattractive role, as the pinched, angry liberal who's orchestrated the meeting but doesn't get quite the apology she wants.
January 12, 2012
Skillfully acted by Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet, [it's a] compact verbal slugfest.
January 12, 2012
An odd little chamber piece, "Carnage" plays out like a very tense meeting from which you can't wait to depart.
January 12, 2012
You may recognize the arrogance and anxieties, the class resentments and domestic bile, from your PTA's most recent talent night. More likely, they're as close as the nearest mirror.
January 12, 2012
Think Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but then think fun.
January 12, 2012
The entire point of Carnage is to poke fun at the fragile civility of the upper-middle class - they're all animals inside! - but how much more fun would this material have been if the story hadn't been about polite white people?
January 12, 2012
"Carnage" becomes a lesson in how to handle a willfully claustrophobic assignment with panache.
January 12, 2012
The point isn't the plot, it's the performances. Here four familiar actors seem ideally cast for their roles.
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