Carnage (2011)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 20, 2012
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It isn't as compelling on the screen as it was on the stage, but Carnage makes up for its flaws with Polanski's smooth direction and assured performances from Winslet and Foster.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Brief, brutal and barmy.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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David Elliott
San Diego Reader

The acting marathon is adroitly blocked and paced by Polanski and impeccably shot by Pawel Edelman.

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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic

Where previously we felt as trapped in Polanski's apartments as his characters, in Carnage we only ever peek in through the window.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

If we grant that "Carnage" is a low-impact exercise in stripping away the social veneer, it's nonetheless brisk and enjoyable.

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Clayton Davis

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle

In real life, hyper-controlling metropolitan parents would not waste this much time on people they loathe.

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David Keyes

Few recent movies have been this perceptive about such immediate human conflicts, much less this funny.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
I really wanted to watch this movie and now that i've seen it i am not disappointed! Its going to be a Marmite kind of film, your either going to Hate it… More
Chris Weber
This is based on a play, and that's essentially how it comes off, only filmed. The plot here focuses on the aftermath of a fight between two kids on a… More
Nicki Marie
Too unsubstantial to be a great movie. Pretty much two couples in one room arguing about a physical fight their sons got into. I believe it is adapted from a… More
Lucas Martins
With very good actings by Foster and Winslet, Polanski's picture it's a exhausting and darkly funny film.
Cynthia S.
I guess I am not a Roman Polanski fan...I'm still looking for the dark humor, or any humor, for that matter...
Daniel Mumby
The reputation of Roman Polanski's classic work leads you to expect nothing but the very best from him. Even with the occasional stumble, such as Pirates… More