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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    Is it entertainment? Is it satire? Is it art? It's probably a little of all three, and yet ultimately not quite enough of any. show more

  • 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

  • 65
    Bob MondelloNPR

    But it does mean you're always aware that you're watching filmed theater - a scripted pressure-cooker where playability is being allowed to trump plausibility as theoretically cultivated adults morph into savages - going from civility to carnage in 80 minutes flat. show more

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