Todd Gilchrist from IGN called the film "Unrelenting and brilliant, Funny Games is a truly great film – an incisive, artistic triumph that doubles as a remarkably thrilling and unique cinematic experience." Conversely, Joshua Rothkopf from Time Out New York called the film "a sour project that defines anti-imaginative."  . Scott of the New York Times wrote: "At least with the remake Funny Games , Mr. Haneke shows a certain kinship with someone like Eli Roth , whose Hostel movies have brought nothing but scorn from responsible critics."  The Chicago Sun-Times review of 14 March 2008 gave the film a mere half-star out of a possible four.
Haruo Nakajima (January 1, 1929-August 7, 2017) was a stunt actor in samurai films when he was approached to play what would become one of the most recognizable characters in movie history: Godzilla, the dinosaur reborn as a result of nuclear testing, who stomped Tokyo in the original 1954 classic, and returned to alternately destroy cities and save them from other, meaner monsters over the course of 12 films. Nakajima also played giant characters in other kaiju films, including "Rodan," "The Mysterians," "Mothra," "King Kong Escapes," "War of the Gargantuas" and "Frankenstein Conquers the World."