When Ann, husband George and son Georgie arrive at their holiday home they are visited by a pair of polite and seemingly pleasant young men. Armed with deceptively sweet smiles and some golf clubs, they proceed to terrorize and torture the tight-knit clan, giving them until the next day to survive.
" If you're interested in intellectual abstraction, you might find Haneke's games intriguing. Just be warned: When the movie ends, you'll definitely feel like you've been played. "
" It's not a reassuring vision but that's not the name of Haneke's particular game. "
" It's not exactly entertainment, but it casts a poisonous spell. "
" not what it appears to be on the surface. "
" The experience of watching Funny Games, be it the original or this version, is never forgotten, whatever your ultimate impression of the film. "
" The performances are outstanding across the board. The direction and writing are masterful. "
" You will be deeply disturbed, but you will watch obsessively. You will be haunted, and manipulated, and angered, and you will suffer pangs of guilt, too. "
" A sour project that defines anti-imaginative. "
" Are you complicit for watching the stuff? Would you be less of a jerk if you walked out? Is [Haneke] wallowing in the thing he's critiquing and consequently a bigger jerk? "
" Basically torture porn every bit as manipulative and reprehensible as Hostel, even if it's tricked out with intellectual pretension. "
" Both versions of Funny Games force the audience to eat it, really eat it, and while they're eating it, to think about the mechanics and the narrative tropes of a typical revenge drama. "
" Haneke's assault on our fantasy lives is shallow, unimaginative, and glacially unengaged -- a sucker punch without the redeeming passion of punk. "
" In addition to being borderline unendurable, Funny Games is inexplicable, and I don't mean in any philosophical sense. Who thought the world needed a shot-for-shot English-language version of Mr. Haneke's 1997 German-language film? "
" It's a pity the movie is so smug, gimmicky and heartless. "
" Michael Haneke hates you. "
" That this relentless barrage of psychological and physical torture is extremely well made and powerfully performed -- Watts hurls herself into her physically demanding role with heroic conviction -- somehow makes it worse. "
" The fact that it features fine performances, talented direction and some moments of genuine suspense only makes the end product that much more grotesque and appalling. "
" The worst of the violence occurs off-screen, but Funny Games is still a vicious, vicious movie. "
" There's no denying Austrian director Michael Haneke's skill as a filmmaker, but Funny Games is just a vile cinematic exercise. "
" While Haneke is attacking our culture for being drawn to violent fare, he is also relishing in presenting it to us, in prolonged and detailed fashion. "
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