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A psychological thriller about an innocent family as they stumble upon a holiday in hell: Anna, George and their son arrive at their lovely lakeside home on vacation and meet a strange and demanding young man--a guest of their neighbors''--who turns out to have rather violent tendencies.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film outstays its welcome and is more than a little too knowing in its manipulation of standard audience expectations for the genre."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"The basic puzzle is why this sophisticated director chose this tired formula."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"A sort of Austrian art-house Cape Fear by way of the new Cinema of Cruelty."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Haneke has rational reasons for his movie's violence, but he still crosses lines more often than he justifies crossing them."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"As a metaphysical experiment in sadism, Funny Games is endorsed by negative responses."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Brilliant, radical, provocative, it's a masterpiece that is at times barely watchable."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The emotions of the victims are clear and complex -- their conflicts dominate our experience of the narrative as powerfully as all the devices telling us to look elsewhere for the movie's themes."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Haneke's film doesn't invite audience exploration; it pummels them with preordained conclusions."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Haneke's snooty admonishments are disturbing because they're never self-critical."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Austrian auteur Michael Haneke successfully mocks the American media's penchant for violence by pushing the limits of cinematic sado-masochism."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"This beautifully acted and paced German variant of Cape Fear ... is tricked out with a number of Brechtian devices to catch audiences in a voyeuristic trance."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The first half is sadistically intense, Geiring and Frisch make wonderfully creepy psychopaths, and Haneke and cinematographer Jurgen Jurges burnish the film to a high polish that's rare for the genre."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What Haneke has actually done is to satirize the complex relationship between the story and the audience. On that level it's a triumph."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Um genial exercício narrativo e de estilo que, ao mesmo tempo em que mantém o espectador tenso, obriga-o a encarar a própria fascinação pela violência."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"What happened to the good old fashioned insane killer?"
‑ Chris Cabin,
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