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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 discussion of childrearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four parents revealing their true colors. None of them will escape the carnage.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 167
- Fresh: 120
- Rotten: 47
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: In real life, hyper-controlling metropolitan parents would not waste this much time on people they loathe.
Fresh: Foster is particularly impressive in a stridently unattractive role, as the pinched, angry liberal who's orchestrated the meeting but doesn't get quite the apology she wants.
Fresh: Skillfully acted by Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet, [it's a] compact verbal slugfest.
Fresh: Roman Polanski's sharp, short and stagily-shot adaptation of the Olivier Award-winning play God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza.
Carnage wreaked carnage
This movie, despite its awesome cast's commendable acting, was tedious beyond measure. After the first 20 minutes, the movie had made its point, and then simply began to slowly, predictably, kick the already putrified horse into dog food. We all have much better things to do with our time than watch this film.
Meh…a little funny, but mostly boring.
Had a couple of good laughs in the first couple of acts, but the third just drops off into a deep, black pit of absurdity and doesn't recover. After watching this I realize that Foster has become a ham of an actor. I can't remember a performance from her that had any lasting impressions in recent history. Her emotional nuances and subtleties have been worked to death. She needs a new bag of tricks. The rest of the cast looked bored and really phoned in their acts. Ridiculous and boring. Rent something else.
Movie sucked. Stopped watching it 30 mins in. Wouldn't have lasted so long but I kept thinking it HAD to get better. It never did.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2011
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