Funny Games
Funny Games (1998)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 11, 1998
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2001
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Violent images and blunt audience provocation make up this nihilistic experiment from one of cinema's more difficult filmmakers.

David Rooney

The film outstays its welcome and is more than a little too knowing in its manipulation of standard audience expectations for the genre.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The basic puzzle is why this sophisticated director chose this tired formula.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Brilliant, radical, provocative, it's a masterpiece that is at times barely watchable.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

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.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

A sort of Austrian art-house Cape Fear by way of the new Cinema of Cruelty.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

David Keyes

So much of it is elevated to engrossing observation because it is a movie that takes these ideas seriously, not as tools meant to turn a stomach.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Haneke's film doesn't invite audience exploration; it pummels them with preordained conclusions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
I am a loser until I review this movie.
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Carlos Magalhães
A brilliant narrative exercise that cleverly plays with the conventions of mainstream Cinema to create a cruel and merciless experience for the viewers, who are… More
Jack Hawkins
'Funny Games' is one of the most provocative films I have ever seen, if not the most. I see what Michael Haneke is trying to do, he's revisiting… More
Alex roy
Home invasion films are nothing new, and there have been quite a few films in the last few years that really have reinvigorated the genre, most notable… More
Daniel Perry
The 2004 DVD release of this film has an interview at the end with Michael Haneke that I think is essential. In it, he says that "People watch this film… More