• Kaboom
    2 minutes 19 seconds
    Added: Jan 24, 2011


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Kaboom Reviews

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Glenn Dunks

Araki has crafted an entertaining, violently funny movie that's amongst his best work yet.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 15, 2013
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale

After walking out of KABOOM, I wanted to take a nice, hot shower to wash myself of this filthy film, but holy hell I had a blast.

Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale

October 2, 2012
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

Enjoy the audacious, electrifying and subversive components thrown at the audience in scattergun style.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2011
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

While the cast is good-looking, making them wear quirky hats doesn't always work. But, despite all the oddness, it is strangely compelling with some sharp and witty lines.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

June 16, 2011
Ryan Gilbey
Sight and Sound

The tone and production values suggest a mixture of daytime soap, gay porn and Twilight slash-fiction, but the film's greatest asset, as ever with Araki, is sincerity.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

June 14, 2011

It's the kind of film that refuses to draw lines between what's real and what's hallucination, just as the characters resist defining their identity by sexual orientation.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

June 13, 2011
Philip French

This is a wild movie in a Lynch-lite mode.

Full Review Source: Guardian

June 12, 2011

The soundtrack's the perfect mixtape, the visuals the perfect day-glo trashpop video - just don't expect too much in the way of boring old depth and meaning.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

June 10, 2011
Caroline Jowett
Daily Express

A delirious, demented cross between Donnie Darko and Twin Peaks with an undeniably handsome cast and a good deal of film-making skill. Don't expect it to make a lot of sense but just enjoy the wild trip.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

June 10, 2011
David Sexton
This is London

Two very different films have been mashed up in Kaboom...

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

June 10, 2011
Peter Bradshaw

Kaboom also resembles nothing so much as an episode of Scooby Doo without the dog, and with an awful lot of penetrative sex.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

June 9, 2011
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Squarely aimed at a student demographic, the entire affair plays out like an episode of Scooby Doo on acid with the added fuel of frequent sex.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3/5

June 9, 2011
Sloan Freer
Radio Times

Araki's trademark comic book-vibrant visuals and a cool, indie soundtrack intensify the overall trippy experience, keeping everything cohesive even when the narrative goes entirely off the rails in the rushed final act.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 9, 2011
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

Bright and intoxicating, but too cluttered to be placed alongside the director's best.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

June 9, 2011
Matthew Turner

Enjoyable, stylishly directed teen sci-fi comedy with a gleefully bonkers script, a strong cast and a star-making supporting turn from Juno Temple, though it's all a bit too chaotic to really engage on an emotional level.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

June 8, 2011
Ben Walters
Time Out
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If there's an undercurrent of impending cataclysm in today's culture, 'Kaboom' senses that feeling, seizes it in a surreal clinch and hurtles with it off a cliff.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

June 8, 2011
David Hughes
Empire Magazine

Gregg Araki's sci-fi is a weird and, just occasionally, wonderful skew on the college comedy. Slight but fun.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 6, 2011
Robbie Collin
News of the World

I've often thought that I'd like to see a bit more of Juno Temple. After seeing Kaboom, I don't think it'd be possible to see more of Juno Temple.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 3/5

June 4, 2011
Neil Smith
Total Film

It's good to see the respectability Araki won from 2004's Mysterious Skin hasn't sapped his subversive streak.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

May 31, 2011
Glenn Lovell

... a freewheeling mystery-satire about friendship, flip-flops, campus conspiracies, paranormal activities and The Big Bang Theory.

Full Review Source: CinemaDope | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 4, 2011

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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