I was reading Jim Emerson's blog over at Roger Ebert's site and this passage especially caught my attention:
Funny Games is an experiment along the lines of the famous Milgram and Stanford Prison experiments. In other words, the movie is also an incitement to action. To politely and willingly submit to the movie's terms of authority is to sheepishly put yourselves in the same position as the captives in the movie, to accept its premise that "You brought this on yourself."
Once you buy into that, even a little bit, then you are trapped. The film demands something more than that you just sit there and take it, especially if you reject what you're seeing. If you passively "give up," then both you and the movie have failed the conceptual challenge. Maybe this is taking Haneke too seriously, but if he really means what he says he's attempting to do, he might well claim that fitting, healthy responses to the film would involve forms of protest and civil disobedience that... well, you'll have to figure out where to draw the line yourself. For me, free speech demands more free speech.
Emphasis mine. Maybe it is taking Haneke too seriously, but it is a perfectly legitimate question based on Haneke's own parameters and thesis, no?
Emerson also lists many blurbs, (positive or negative,) from critics around the country.