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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Mar 20, 2013
    100
    The movie gives you what you think you want, and then gives you some more, and just when you think things can't get any worse, Haneke swoops in and smashes the wall between fiction and reality, turning the viewer into a direct accomplice to what's transpiring onscreen. It is an astonishing film, sure to be controversial, and quite simply unforgettable. [30 Jan. 1998, p.6G]
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 20, 2013
    100
    The audience is indicted for its bloodlust. There's perversity in paying admission to get harshly scolded, and Funny Games is not for the squeamish, but this may be one time to step up and take the licking you deserve.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Mar 19, 2013
    88
    Funny Games is an intellectual's suspense film, which ultimately tries to critique and demystify violence. But, since our responses are never all cerebral, that's not entirely possible.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 20, 2013
    70
    Funny Games observes the family's excruciating terror and suffering with the patient delight of a cat luxuriantly toying with a mouse that it is in the process of slowly killing. Posing as a morally challenging work of art, the movie is a really a sophisticated act of cinematic sadism. You go to it at your own risk.
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Mar 20, 2013
    50
    The film is shocking and upsetting, but never truly gets under the skin the way this kind of material often can. Whatever reservations are prompted by Haneke's approach, his direction is controlled and edgy. [20 May 1997, p.52]
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Mar 19, 2013
    50
    Haneke's admonishments are disturbing only in the sense that they're never self-critical, and while watching one of his films, there's always a sense that he thinks he's above his characters, his audience, and scrutiny.
  7. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 20, 2013
    25
    Funny Games condescends to its audience like a pretentious, preachifying graduate student in post-modernism. It would help us out of the cultural quagmire we're drowning in, if only we could understand its highly convoluted and exclusive language. [29 May 1998, p.1E]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 98
  2. Negative: 55 out of 98
  1. VictorM
    Nov 19, 2009
    10
    Beautiful and brilliant. Cinema as an art, at its best. Not for the close-minded.
  2. JesusChrist
    Mar 19, 2008
    10
    Not for the morons.
  3. MarkusB
    May 27, 2008
    9
    As good as the Austrian (!) original.
  4. ChadC.
    Jul 26, 2008
    2
    Disturbing? Yes. A commentary on violence in films? Maybe. Ridiculous? Absolutely? Setting aside the fact that the writing and directing is Disturbing? Yes. A commentary on violence in films? Maybe. Ridiculous? Absolutely? Setting aside the fact that the writing and directing is completely unbelievable insofar as it fails to depict how the human animal would really react in a fight for survival such as this family is presented with, it fails in so many other ways. The fact that I found amusing what I should have found gut-wrenchingly disturbing attests to the failures of the filmmakers. Watch this movie if you have time to spare or you're a film student. Otherwise, spend your time elsewhere. Expand
  5. LevS.
    Jun 26, 2008
    1
    Pretentious and ineptly executed. I was bored; because it was boring. Plus the issue of violence in movies is old hat. Perhaps the original Pretentious and ineptly executed. I was bored; because it was boring. Plus the issue of violence in movies is old hat. Perhaps the original was more engaging in the 90s. Apparently this English-language version is a shot-by-shot remake. What a cynical exercise. Collapse
  6. DeeR.
    Mar 13, 2008
    0
    What's there is uselessly cruel. When it runs out of it inflicts cruelty on the audience by breaking the fourth wall in a way that is What's there is uselessly cruel. When it runs out of it inflicts cruelty on the audience by breaking the fourth wall in a way that is not profound or disturbing or clever -- it is insulting. Ask yourself this question before dismissing what I've said: Would you sit there and smile as the concession attendant at the theater spit in your popcorn? No. This director more or less does this to his own story, and thus the people watching it as well... are you sure you want to sit through it? Expand
  7. JackS.
    Mar 27, 2009
    0
    After seeing this film, I couldn

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