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France, Germany, Poland · 2011
Rated R · 1h 20m
Director Roman Polanski
Starring Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly
Genre Comedy, Drama

When some roughhousing between two 11-year-old boys named Zachary and Ethan erupts into real violence, Ethan loses two teeth. Zachary's parents invite Ethan's parents to their Brooklyn apartment try to smooth things over. However, what begins as a polite meeting among adults descends into finger-pointing, tantrums and insults.

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Village Voice by

In the final stage of the film's programmatic chaos, Alan announces that he believes in the god of carnage and cops to the pleasure he gets from watching people deviate from social convention and tear one another apart. You'd have to agree with him in order to embrace this film - there's nothing else to see here.


The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

The performances are lusty and concerted, but they remain just that - performances, of the sort that may make you feel you should stagger to your feet at the end and applaud. If so, resist.


Slant Magazine by Ed Gonzalez

One doesn't have to look too closely at Carnage's final shot to marvel at the way Polanski refuses to haughtily indict his audience in the pettiness of his characters' behavior.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Polanski struggles to make the material more cinematic, toying with clever mise-en-scene to showcase the mounting tensions. However, Carnage repeatedly suffers from an internal tension between the possibilities of two media at odds with each other.


Variety by Justin Chang

The real battle in Roman Polanski's brisk, fitfully amusing adaptation of Yasmina Reza's popular play is a more formal clash between stage minimalism and screen naturalism, as this acid-drenched four-hander never shakes off a mannered, hermetic feel that consistently betrays its theatrical origins.


New York Post by Lou Lumenick

Fast, furious and often funny. But no blood is truly shed (except literally in a playground fight during the opening credits).


The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

Snappy, nasty, deftly acted and perhaps the fastest paced film ever directed by a 78-year-old, this adaptation of Yasmina Reza's award-winning play God of Carnage fully delivers the laughs and savagery of the stage piece.

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