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Funny Games Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    44

    out of 100

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    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
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  • 0

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    In addition to being borderline unendurable, Funny Games is inexplicable, and I don't mean in any philosophical sense.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    So sadistic and disturbing, Games is easily the toughest movie to sit through since 1994's "Natural Born Killers."

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Stephen Farber

    Perhaps the best way to appreciate the picture, its few intellectual pretensions notwithstanding, is as a classy horror film with a particularly nasty edge. It's not exactly entertainment, but it casts a poisonous spell.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Can a movie be gripping and repellent at the same time? In Funny Games, a mockingly sadistic and terrifying watch-the-middle-class-writhe-like-stuck-pigs thriller, the director Michael Haneke puts his characters in a vise, and the audience too.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Funny Games is not entertainment but it is an experience.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Mature, complicated look at movie violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this dark horror/thriller isn't for kids. The plot focuses on a home invasion, and while most of the actual violence occurs off-screen, the results are very visible (bloody wounds; tearful, frightened faces; dead bodies; blood splattered on walls and furniture). Tense scenes include threats of violence, pursuit of a victim through dark hallways, and sexual taunting (which culminates in a woman being forced to strip, though no nudity is shown). A scene in which a woman appears in her bra and panties is decidedly un-erotic. Some language, including several uses of "f--k."

  • Families can talk about how the movie asks viewers to consider their own participation in violence, by consuming such images. When Paul looks directly at the camera and speaks to viewers, does that draw attention to the "pleasures" of watching extreme imagery? How? Can you think of other scary/violent movies that use their graphic images to comment on violence in the media? Also, why do you think the director wanted to remake his own movie?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Villains are cruel, soulless, and brutal; victims are whimpering, clever but ineffectual.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Gruesome effects of violence visible throughout, though most acts take place off-screen. An attack with a golf club leaves a leg bloody; slaps, beatings, kicks, and stabbings leave bruises and bloody wounds. Villains torment hostages by kicking and pushing on a broken leg and other wounds. A child is slapped, pushed, and menaced; a child is also shot with a rifle off-screen (blood shown on wall and TV screen) -- his parents react in racking sobs. Dog's death suggested by off-screen yelp; its body is then shown.

  • sex false3

    Sex: In an excruciating scene during the home invasion, a woman is forced to strip: though the camera shows no explicit nudity, her face shows her humiliation and trauma. A woman in bra and panties is forced to hop (legs and arms taped) across the room in a long, difficult take. Repeated threats of sexual violence and discussion of sex by villains, as well as salacious reference to "titties" and to a young man having sex with his mother.

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional but pointed language includes "f--k," "s--t" (sometimes with "bull-"), "hell," "a--hole," and "p---y."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Conversations about drug addiction and an alcoholic father.

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