Kaboom plays out like a a ridiculously campy, and poorly written comic book. It's not very coherent and has a terrible ending.
| Original Score: 4/10
Its permanent entry into the cult canon may be scuppered by its cheap cinematography, and a general lack of charm.
| Original Score: 2/5
The film is so disjointed and chaotic that the usual pleasures of Araki's films-which arise from the freedom that his lost boys enjoy-never take hold.
A vaguely Lynchian thriller with snarky comedic twists that works well -- right up until Araki lets all the air out with a lazily expository final sequence.
| Original Score: 5.6/10
Unfortunately, as is so often the case, it all went downhill in the last half hour.
This isn't satire, it isn't that funny and the only bits that work are the titillating ones.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The fact that the characters spout snappy, profane dialogue while all this is, or isn't, going on around them is more "fun" than fun; Araki's like the too-drunk guy who won't go home when the party's over.
| Original Score: D+
The movie has been cast, designed, clothed, scored and edited to the bleeding edge of hip, but it hasn't exactly been written.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Designed to have its own fun, filled to the brim with bangs of all kinds but mostly landing with a whimper.
there's no method to Kaboom's utter-insanity; it crumbles badly in the final minutes and reveals its central mystery as little more than a meaningless whimsy.
| Original Score: 3/5
All that's truly strange here though is that Araki gets so few jolts or laughs from this hodge-podge of genres.
The movie's hot, bathed in an erotic glow, but horribly empty.
Sexy, dark, occasionally funny, good performances--but it's just too stupid to recommend.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Isn't anarchic and invigorated but sloppy and limp.
| Original Score: C-
Copulation practically overcomes the alleged premise.
Gregg Araki likes to call his new film Kaboom, "a bisexual 'Twin Peaks' in college." But it's more like a hipster take on Scooby Doo with a lot of indiscriminate sex thrown in.
| Original Score: 5/10
New Queer Cinema progenitor Gregg Araki backslides into remedial artsy filmmaking with a poorly conceived story about the end of the world.
[Araki] made The Living End, Mysterious Skin and other anthems to gay America. Kaboom is less an anthem, more a discordant impromptu.
Watching films whose characters spend much of their time staring at computer screens or waking up from dreams is a bit of a drag.
A very peculiar campus comedy in which the students seem to have abandoned any pretence of intellectual endeavour for a non-stop merry-go-round of bed-hopping.