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Carnage is a razor sharp, biting comedy centered on parental differences. After two boys duke it out on a playground, the parents of the "victim" invite the parents of the "bully" over to work out their issues. A polite discussion of childrearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four parents revealing their true colors. None of them will escape the carnage. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Brief, brutal and barmy."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"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."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"While the film, at a staggering and quick 80 minute runtime, plays exceedingly well off the energy of the performers, the downfall ultimately lies in a "loss of steam" vigor that is evident by picture's end."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"Statically filmed by Polanski the film version lacks punch and zest."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"This is an actors' movie, although it's not always pleasant. Waltz has the most fun, and is the most enjoyable to watch. He also exchanges dialogue with Winslet that best sums up the story's absurdist nature: "Why are we still in this house?""
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Where previously we felt as trapped in Polanski's apartments as his characters, in Carnage we only ever peek in through the window."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic
"If we grant that "Carnage" is a low-impact exercise in stripping away the social veneer, it's nonetheless brisk and enjoyable."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Few recent movies have been this perceptive about such immediate human conflicts, much less this funny."
‑ David Keyes,
"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."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"[Polanski] has crafted a bizarre little film that runs only about 75 minutes, uses one location, and only four characters who spend most of the film sitting/standing around talking or shouting at each other, yet the film is engaging and entertaining."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"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."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"In real life, hyper-controlling metropolitan parents would not waste this much time on people they loathe."
‑ Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle
"Running a mere 80 minutes, "Carnage" still feels longer than it should."
‑ Justin Craig,
"An intriguingly verbose film about adult arguments, which aren't that different from playground jousts."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Carnage is ... very accessible, really enjoyable and, thanks mostly to a brilliant cast with an undeniable talent for comedy, really rather funny."
‑ Matt Looker,
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