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Carnage (2011)



Critic 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.

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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. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics

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Kate Winslet
as Nancy Cowan
Jodie Foster
as Penelope Longstreet
Christoph Waltz
as Alan Cowan
John C. Reilly
as Michael Longstreet
Julie Adams
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Carnage

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (57)

The acting marathon is adroitly blocked and paced by Polanski and impeccably shot by Pawel Edelman.

February 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Given the powerhouse performers involved, this thing should have gone off like a powder keg, but [director Roman] Polanski apparently directed the film by text...A terrible film.

June 30, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

A short and trifling thing.

February 3, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film is well able to make us think exactly how we might have behaved in similar circumstances.

February 3, 2012 | Rating: 4/5

Roman Polanski's sharp, short and stagily-shot adaptation of the Olivier Award-winning play God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza.

February 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Polanski directs with an alertness and mordant wit we haven't seen from him for decades.

February 2, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Carnage


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 inside an apartment, sustained by a sharp dialogue and exquisite performances, with Winslet and Waltz stealing the show.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 with a passion or just absolutely Love it ! Me personally i Loved it! I thought it was original, written extremely well, it was acted beautifully which isn't a shock when its such a great cast! Its nice to see that Polanski has done one better than Ghost Writer as that was a truly dreadful movie! Its made beautifully and it sticks to the true form of being a play, which is great! Its Just a good movie that is thoroughly enjoyable and i just loved the ending a true play form which i loved!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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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 play. As such it feels unnatural and strained that they all stay in the room, annoyed as they are at each other. Performances are good. I'm not a parent, so the topic was not overly exciting to me. Maybe others would get more out of it.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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