• Released
  • May 14, 1997
  • 1 hr 48 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
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Funny Games (1997) Synopsis
Collegians (Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe) torture a vacationing Austrian family.
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The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
The audience is indicted for its bloodlust. There's perversity in paying admission to get harshly scolded, and Funny Games is not for the...
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The movie gives you what you think you want, and then gives you some more, and just when you think things can't get any worse, Haneke...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Funny Games is an intellectual's suspense film, which ultimately tries to critique and demystify violence. But, since our responses are...
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By Kim Newman
It's a film you might argue with, but its sparing use of on-screen violence, some extraordinarily protracted scenes and sensitive handling...
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
It's an uncomfortable, distressing, and altogether provocative take on the global culture of media violence that not only draws in hapless...
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Funny Games observes the family's excruciating terror and suffering with the patient delight of a cat luxuriantly toying with a mouse that...
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Slant Magazine

By Ed Gonzalez
Haneke's admonishments are disturbing only in the sense that they're never self-critical, and while watching one of his films, there's...
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By David Rooney
The film is shocking and upsetting, but never truly gets under the skin the way this kind of material often can. Whatever reservations are...
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New York Daily News

By Dave Kehr
Denying us any catharsis, Haneke becomes a stern, finger-wagging lecturer; he seems to mean his movie as punishment, conveniently...
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Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
Funny Games condescends to its audience like a pretentious, preachifying graduate student in post-modernism. It would help us out of the...
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