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4.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortably, compulsive viewing
This is a spiky satire on contemporary bourgeois correctness. Two couples meet in a New York apartment to agree a course of action following an incident involving their 11 year old sons.

The dialogue is agonisingly tense, the atmosphere claustrophobic and confrontational. Each of the our characters clash with the other protagonists. Rifts between couples...
Published on 25 April 2012 by Moose Papoose

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1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful!
Don't bother, absolutely appalling, this is the worst film I have ever tried to watch. You'll be disappointed from the start - didn't actually get all the way through it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Would have loved it as a stage play, 13 May 2012
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I'm sure this will occur to everyone reviewing this film, but it would have worked so much better had it been on stage. The action all takes place in one room and although the acting is naturally faultless, given the calibre of the stars, it's so limited in what it can deliver. One and a half hours with two couples shifting alliegencies over one kid bashing another, dredging up grudges and revealing cracks in their marriages is all far too claustrophobic. The guy constantly taking phone calls is crass, the hamster hater a boor, and both wives naturally defend their own sons. It's undoubtedly clever and brilliant, funny at times, and I would have loved it on the stage.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's brief., 29 April 2012
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Stuart Burns (Liverpool, UK) - See all my reviews
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The best thing about Carnage is that at least it's brief. At just seventy minutes plus credits, it ignores the modern film ethic of giving the audience as much filmic duration as possible so that they don't feel short changed having spent their ten pounds for a ticket, an ethic which leads other words to be twice the length despite having only half the ideas.

It's also refreshing that in filming a play, Polanski et al decided to simply film the play rather than feel the need to open it out beyond the apartment within which the action was probably originally set which also give the film a pleasing old school feel or rhythm.

The performances are excellent across the board and again unafraid to be expressive and theatrical despite the cameras. Christoph Waltz especially commands the screen as he smirks his way through the histrionics of his fellow passengers, especially Winslet and Foster who's drunk acting is up there with Branagh or E. Grant in demonstrating an almost spiritual connection to the chemical memory.

Nevertheless this is still a guilty pleasure. It's desperately grasping towards Cassavetes or Leigh but ultimately finds itself too polite and lightweight to quite manage to punch that high. But there are enough laughs for this to be worth seventy-minutes of your time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly Written Carnage, 29 April 2012
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This is a really enjoyable film, although based in one location the interaction between the two couples is excellent, there are plenty of other reviews here that give you a synopsis of the film so there's no need for me to repeat why the two couples are actually meeting, but during that meeting there are some fine performances by all four actors and some really great dialogue, they start off being very grown up and civilised towards each other then rapidly go downhill to reveal what they truly think about each other.

Kate Winslet for me was the star, her throwing up scene was really well filmed and her line "Lets go Alan, why are we still in this house?" near the end of the film summed it up, and well lets face it when your guests start helping themselves to your drinks, its high time they left.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Carnage, 29 April 2012
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A Film by Roman Polanski, starting with two boys, one hitting the other because he would not let him join his gang.The parents played by Jodie Foster,Christoph Waltz,Kate Winslet and John C. Reilly meet up to discuss getting their two sons together so that one can apologise to the other for knocking teeth out,the couples start to chat in one of their homes, business phone calls interupting there conversations things dont keep to plan,discussions become heated and all sorts of things happen including a mobile phone eventually being dried out by a hair dryer.A well acted film didnt think much of the ending but worth a watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The god of carnage, 23 April 2012
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Mr. R. W. Graham (Lincoln, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Based on a play and feels like it being set mostly in a single apartment setting, Roman Polanski's latest film while not quite up there with his best work, is still a fine, very well acted tale about 2 sets of parents who meet to discuss their son's recent fight which ended with one boy getting hit by a stick. At first it all starts civil then it turns nasty with both sets of parents acting worse than their children and turning on each other. If you are someone that goes to movies to see lots of action and special effects then this film will bore you silly but if you want to see 4 class actors acting against each other then you are in the right place here. The parents in question, Kate Winslett and Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster and John C Rielly are all excellent, with Waltz the standout as the seemingly disinterested Alan who dismisses the incident as just kids being kids and forever on the phone to his law firm much to the fury of both Winslett and Foster. As i said it's not quite director Roman Polanski's finest work, but it is still a very enjoyable if short though to be honest anything more than an hour and a half might have pushed it a bit intelligent adult film.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and very entertaining drama of parental strife, 4 April 2013
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Aces director Roman Polanski brings Yasmina Reza's play God of Carnage to the screen. When one kid hits another in the school playground, the two sets of parents - Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly in one corner, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz in the other - come together in Foster and Reilly's apartment to try to sort things out. But the genteel behaviour of the two couples collapses with alarming ease, and they are soon bickering at each other as the kids' spat takes a backseat and the adults' neuroses come charging through. Excellent work from all four actors, some great lines, and at only 80 mins., this film knows when it has done its job. Enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 29 Dec. 2014
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Bit weird
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only if you have nothing better in you watch list....( and I didn't! ), 25 Jan. 2015
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It's merely OK as a movie. It would make a good stage play but becomes more tedious to watch as it progresses because the lack of variation in location and the dialog+situation becoming more contrived.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Oct. 2014
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Fabulous
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, 26 Feb. 2013
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A film that will grab your attention and make you wish it lasted longer. How many times have you said that about a movie you watched?

Be sceptical; I don't disagree with the reviews here. It is all set in one room, it is somewhat claustrophobic. But a great screenplay and fine acting make this a movie to watch. I am glad I did.
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