Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 13 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 19, 2013
    100
    A chilly and extraordinarily controlled treatise on film violence, Funny Games punishes the audience for its casual bloodlust by giving it all the sickening torture and mayhem it could possibly desire. Neat trick, that.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric D. Snider
    Mar 19, 2013
    91
    Some provocative filmmakers seem intent on irritating or turning off the audience. With Haneke, I get the feeling that once you understand what he’s up to, he’s glad to have you in on the joke. He certainly goes about executing it in a masterful way.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Mar 19, 2013
    89
    You can take a page from Wes Craven before he went flat and keep repeating, "It's only a movie; it's only a movie; it's only a movie." But is it?
  4. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 19, 2013
    88
    Funny Games is not entertainment but it is an experience.
  5. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Mar 19, 2013
    88
    The experience of watching Funny Games, be it the original or this version, is never forgotten, whatever your ultimate impression of the film.
  6. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 19, 2013
    83
    Can a movie be gripping and repellent at the same time? In Funny Games, a mockingly sadistic and terrifying watch-the-middle-class-writhe-like-stuck-pigs thriller, the director Michael Haneke puts his characters in a vise, and the audience too.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 19, 2013
    80
    Brutal, sadistic yet well-made statement about how violence is portrayed in media and our reaction to it.
  8. Reviewed by: Rick Kisonak
    Mar 19, 2013
    80
    By and large, reviewers have conceded that the picture is exceptionally gripping and suspenseful while deriding its moral subtext as a crock. The only explanation possible for such fuming pettiness, in my opinion, is the fact that Michael Haneke isn’t one of us.
  9. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    Mar 19, 2013
    80
    A stylish, darkly satirical horror-thriller, raising serious questions about Hollywood’s sanitisation of violence.
  10. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Mar 19, 2013
    75
    Is Funny Games an unqualified success? No, and for this reason: In order to analyze the devolution of violence into entertainment, the premise obliges the film to superimpose a complicated game atop the genre's simple one – in other words, it makes a game out of the game it condemns.
  11. Reviewed by: Stan Hall
    Mar 19, 2013
    75
    One might reasonably despise Funny Games and consider Haneke an exploitative hypocrite. Still, whether it's the original or the replica, this is a film that is impossible to enjoy and difficult to forget.
  12. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 19, 2013
    75
    Watts, who is one of the film's executive producers, brings a taut intelligence to the proceedings, but her character, like Roth's, is more archetype than actual person.
  13. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Mar 19, 2013
    70
    While the movie's star -- and ruler, and ship's captain, and grand poobah -- is Haneke himself, his actors are sublime.
  14. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Mar 19, 2013
    70
    Perhaps the best way to appreciate the picture, its few intellectual pretensions notwithstanding, is as a classy horror film with a particularly nasty edge. It's not exactly entertainment, but it casts a poisonous spell.
  15. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Mar 19, 2013
    60
    Haneke's new Funny Games has a current of bleak humor that comes through more clearly when you're not reading subtitles. It remains a horrifying, implacable mind-fuck, liable to be widely misunderstood and widely despised.
  16. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Mar 20, 2013
    50
    The film is merciless in its depiction of death and suffering, Pitt and Corbet are perfectly cast, and Watts, who also served as executive producer, gives a disturbingly raw performance.
  17. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Mar 19, 2013
    50
    Many American viewers may take Haneke at his word and walk out midway through this grueling ethics exam of a movie. But much as I may resent the facile polemics of Haneke's shame-the-viewer project, I have to respect the way that he nailed me, trembling, to my seat.
  18. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 19, 2013
    50
    Funny Games is fundamentally a bourgeois exercise in authorial sadism. As the methodical games grind on, the suffocatingly beige and white surroundings start to look like a mausoleum.
  19. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Mar 19, 2013
    50
    It’s one thing to make a movie filled with mayhem and then implicate the audience for watching it; it’s another thing entirely to come back ten years later with the same movie, hype it with a marketing campaign, and try to implicate the viewer again. One nice thing about America is that you can’t be tried twice for the same crime.
  20. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 19, 2013
    50
    If this is daring in theory, it's a failure in practice. Exactingly well-made, the movie is grueling and unpleasant in the extreme - that's the point - but it's also working from a specious premise, that film-school Brechtian devices can bring on mass enlightenment.
  21. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 19, 2013
    38
    So sadistic and disturbing, Games is easily the toughest movie to sit through since 1994's "Natural Born Killers."
  22. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 19, 2013
    30
    In the end, the difference between "Funny Games" and Hollywood schlock horror may only be a matter of breeding. Funny Games is "Saw IV" with a PhD.
  23. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Mar 19, 2013
    30
    As shocking and deliberately manipulative as the original movie and -- some may reckon -- even more pointless.
  24. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Mar 19, 2013
    30
    The new movie wears an air of old hat. I would absolutely defend Haneke’s right to relaunch his broadside on our voyeuristic vices, but he’s not keeping up with the times; he’s behind them.
  25. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 19, 2013
    30
    A patronizing, self-satisfied piece of work, Funny Games is Michael Haneke's way of chastising us for blindly following the traditional rules of entertainment.
  26. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 19, 2013
    25
    Just because it's a conscious commentary on other vile, useless, pointless cinematic exercises doesn't make it any less vile, useless and pointless.
  27. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 19, 2013
    25
    The joke is on arthouse audiences who show up for Funny Games, which is basically torture porn every bit as manipulative and reprehensible as "Hostel," even if it's tricked out with intellectual pretension.
  28. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Mar 19, 2013
    20
    Professional obligations required that I endure it, but there's no reason why you should.
  29. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 19, 2013
    20
    The film calls attention to its own artificial status. It actually knows it’s a movie! What a clever, tricky game! What fun! What a fraud.
  30. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Mar 19, 2013
    20
    That this relentless barrage of psychological and physical torture is extremely well made and powerfully performed--Watts hurls herself into her physically demanding role with heroic conviction--somehow makes it worse.
  31. Reviewed by: Jim Emerson
    Mar 19, 2013
    12
    Funny Games represents the laborious execution of an abstract notion. The concept is the movie, kind of like Andy Warhol's ''Empire'' (1964), an eight-hour stationary shot of the Empire State Building. You don't have to sit through the whole thing to get the point, unless you really want to.
  32. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 19, 2013
    0
    In addition to being borderline unendurable, Funny Games is inexplicable, and I don't mean in any philosophical sense.
  33. 0
    Haneke’s assault on our fantasy lives is shallow, unimaginative, and glacially unengaged--a sucker punch without the redeeming passion of punk.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Nov 7, 2014
    1
    Funny Games is for all intents and purposes a snuff film. I am not easily offended (I love A Clockwork Orange, for example), but this movie is the most vile and offensive piece of trash I have ever watched. I never saw the European original, but have read that it is identical to this one. There is no message, no lesson, nothing of value conveyed to the audience. What's more, through the use of the fourth wall, the director literally mocks the audience, telling the viewer that they are going to watch this poor family get tortured, and even when they finally get the upper hand, I'm going to hit the rewind button (literally) and replay the scene so the brutal sadism can continue. At this point you realize that you are just being toyed with, so what's the point of continuing to watch? Any "suspense" is a hoax; and you realize it was all just a bunch of red herrings to keep you focused on the family's hopeless demise, including the brutalization of a child. I don't know how anyone can find this "art house" film entertaining or engaging in any way. I give it a "1" only out of respect for the quality performances of Naomi Watts and Tim Roth. But whatever possessed them to take on this putrid film, I have no idea. Full Review »
  2. Oct 11, 2014
    7
    This is a twisted piece of social commentary which test the audience's patience in a way I feel is beneficial to the film. All the characters are well played and there is a real sense of tension throughout.

    Not an easy watch, and not one to watch while in a good mood, but a very gripping film regardless.
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  3. Mar 30, 2014
    10
    This movie knows what it wants to be and supports everything about itself. If you love movies with sarcastic evil funny characters and an interesting idea, this is for you. Full Review »