• Carnage (2011)


Release Date: December 16th, 2011

DVD Release Date: March 20th, 2012

R |1 hr 19 min

Plot Summary

When some roughhousing between two 11-year-old boys named Zachary and Ethan erupts into real violence, Ethan loses two teeth. Zachary's parents, Alan and Nancy Cowen (Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz), meet with Ethan's parents, Penelope and Michael Longstreet (Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly), to try to smooth things over. However, what starts as a polite meeting among adults descends into finger-pointing, tantrums and insults. Based on the play "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza.

Cast: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly, Elvis Polanski, Eliot Berger, Joseph Rezwin, Nathan Rippy

Director: Roman Polanski

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: SBS Productions, Canal+, Wild Bunch, Constantin Film

Keywords: Transformation, Witty, Dark, 2010s, Husband, Wife

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Think "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," but then think fun. show more

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    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. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy