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

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 16, 2011
DVD 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.

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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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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Daniel Kasman

Roman Polanski, adapting a play by Yasmina Reza into a Brooklyn kammerspiel, turns Buñuel's "The Exterminating Angel" into a non-fantastic comedic farce of banal bourgeois pettiness.

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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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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

I doubt whether anyone will recognize elements of themselves within these characters, and without that, one can't identify enough with any of the protagonists to bring about the kind of discomfort that comes with the self-recognition of human failing.

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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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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

"Carnage" is just another in a long line of improbable movie depictions of New York as seen in "Sex and the City" and other such drivel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A very funny comedy of manners adapted from an acclaimed play and elegantly directed, even if a bit repetitive after some time - and it takes place entirely… More
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...
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.