Carnage Reviews

  • No one makes sense in Reza's world of glittering mockery.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • As a portrait of anxious, status-conscious Brooklyn parents living in a chiaroscuro of self-righteousness and guilt, "Carnage" misses its mark badly.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • While the talented quartet play these hypocritical sorts with finesse, the story grows tiresome, its cynical point made early and often.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • What are supposed to be transgressive observations about the holy state of parenthood and matrimony instead come across as self-satisfied and shallow as the pieties Reza intends to puncture.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • You may recognize the arrogance and anxieties, the class resentments and domestic bile, from your PTA's most recent talent night. More likely, they're as close as the nearest mirror.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Even as it successfully evokes the single location as a pressure cooker for heightened behavior, its take on the psychological and emotional side effects of such an airless situation never transcends the obvious.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • Often very funny and bitingly incisive. Yet, like a visit to friends you don't really care for, you kind of can't wait to leave.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • I was put off by the acting, or more properly by the spectacle of good actors dutifully following leaden direction, and equally by the writing, which is as thin as the veneer of civilization it purports to peel back.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Skillfully acted by Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet, [it's a] compact verbal slugfest.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Carnage is satisfied to be an absolutely virtuoso piece of cinema craft, and to give its excellent cast multiple opportunities to show off their comedic chops, which are considerable.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Not even Polanski can find grit in its silly provocations.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • The point isn't the plot, it's the performances. Here four familiar actors seem ideally cast for their roles.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Carnage" becomes a lesson in how to handle a willfully claustrophobic assignment with panache.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Think Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but then think fun.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A brilliantly discomfiting comedy of frustration.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The actors seem to have fun, particularly Foster, working against type as the thoroughly unlikable Penelope. But "Carnage" isn't nearly as bloody as it thinks it is.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • A film that makes its audience feel as trapped as its characters.

    Kerry Lengel — Arizona Republic

  • Scathing and funny and cynical about contemporary society and the hypocritical way we live now, Carnage may not be the dream movie I expected, but it has a dream cast of pure, unimpeachable ensemble perfection.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • This acid-drenched four-hander never shakes off a mannered, hermetic feel that consistently betrays its theatrical origins.

    Justin Chang — Variety

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