Funny Games
Funny Games (2008)

In this provocative and brutal thriller, a vacationing family gets an unexpected visit from two deeply disturbed young men. Their idyllic holiday turns nightmarish as they are subjected to unimaginable terrors and struggle to stay alive.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 14, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though made with great skill, Funny Games is nevertheless a sadistic exercise in chastising the audience.

Wally Hammond
Time Out

It's not a reassuring vision but that's not the name of Haneke's particular game.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Haneke's assault on our fantasy lives is shallow, unimaginative, and glacially unengaged -- a sucker punch without the redeeming passion of punk.

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Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling

Defenders of Funny Games repeatedly point out that it shouldn't be fun. But if it isn't, then it should at least be subversive.

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David Ansen

That this relentless barrage of psychological and physical torture is extremely well made and powerfully performed -- Watts hurls herself into her physically demanding role with heroic conviction -- somehow makes it worse.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

In addition to being borderline unendurable, Funny Games is inexplicable, and I don't mean in any philosophical sense. Who thought the world needed a shot-for-shot English-language version of Mr. Haneke's 1997 German-language film?

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David N. Butterworth

A cool, calculated exercise in serious discomfort.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

The fact that it features fine performances, talented direction and some moments of genuine suspense only makes the end product that much more grotesque and appalling.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

While Haneke is attacking our culture for being drawn to violent fare, he is also relishing in presenting it to us, in prolonged and detailed fashion.

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Ali Gray

For an audience that willingly hands over fistfuls of cash to see men and women savagely tortured in the name of entertainment, Funny Games U.S. is just the director giving the people what they want. Enjoy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhćes
A shot-for-shot remake in English of the brilliant Austrian thriller that Haneke himself made ten years before - which makes me wonder what the point is, since… More
Rubia Carolina
Didn“t expect such a disappointement from Michael Haneke, whose most movies I admire. Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet don“t convince. Hitchcock“s… More
Cameron Sherwell
Michael Haneke's 'Funny Games' is a work of existential nihilism that challenges the idea of 'Hollywood morals' and audience's… More
Tired of Previews
Directed (and written) by Michael Haneke, Celluloid Dreams, 2008. Starring: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Brady Corbet and Michael Pitt. Genre: Crime, Drama,… More
Daniel Perry
Until this film, I don't think I had ever watched a shot-for-shot remake, let alone one made by the same filmmaker as the original. I mean, what's the… More
Emily Armstrong
God, this film is excrutiating. There is so little that actually happens, it happens to slowly and there is no pleasure to be gotten in watching it. I'm… More

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