Benny's Video
Benny's Video (1992)

For 14-year-old Benny, anything recorded on videotape is inherently better and more real than what he can see with his naked eyes. He is barely noticed by his professional parents and spends most of his time either viewing wild and violent… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 16, 2006
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

The second panel in Haneke's trilogy (preceded by Seventh Continent and followed by 71 Fragments) offers a chilling and haunting postmodern look at isolation, alienation and violence, with a critique of mass media effects on actual behavior.

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Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections

Similar to The Seventh Continent, this film's objective is to analyze and deconstruct the effects rather than senselessly guess their causes

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

To Benny, and to us, too (at least for the duration of the film) the mediated image - blinkered, manipulable, vicarious - is the 'reality' of choice.

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Keith Breese
Filmcritic.com

in the end, with a character that repellent and a message so heavy handed, there is no need to commit ourselves to this bitter, merciless film.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

[Makes] arguments that Haneke delivers with frosty menace but, alas, an also typically pedantic, haranguing tenor.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

A smug, contemptuous, passive-aggressive attack on the dehumanizing effects of media.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Jack Hawkins
'Benny's Video' is a genuinely unsettling film whose premise concerns a scene that is particularly disturbing and visceral. The film concentrates… More
John Ballantine
Benny's video is haunting and difficult to watch in a number of places. This is allegedly the third of Michael Haneke's trilogy and I haven't… More
Cynthia S.
This movie is as slow as slow can be but the handfull of times that it is interesting are...well...very, very interesting. I had almost turned it off at 23 min… More
Hassan Vawda
Desensitization is the theme and Haneke is not subtle about it. However it is hard hitting, really well performed and a great example of film-making with… More
Walter M.
"Benny's Video" starts with Evi(Stephanie Brehme) holding a party at her parents'(Ulrich Muhe & Angela Winkler) apartment without… More
Alex Matarese
A very interesting message delivered in the most soul-suckingly boring way possible.