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Kaboom Reviews

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Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered
November 11, 2013
Kaboom plays out like a a ridiculously campy, and poorly written comic book. It's not very coherent and has a terrible ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Danny Scott
The Skinny
June 9, 2011
Its permanent entry into the cult canon may be scuppered by its cheap cinematography, and a general lack of charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
February 7, 2011
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.
February 25, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.6/10
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
November 3, 2010
Unfortunately, as is so often the case, it all went downhill in the last half hour.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 23, 2011
This isn't satire, it isn't that funny and the only bits that work are the titillating ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
March 22, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 17, 2011
The movie has been cast, designed, clothed, scored and edited to the bleeding edge of hip, but it hasn't exactly been written.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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William Goss
June 6, 2011
Designed to have its own fun, filled to the brim with bangs of all kinds but mostly landing with a whimper.
Jordan Farley
SFX Magazine
September 16, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2011
All that's truly strange here though is that Araki gets so few jolts or laughs from this hodge-podge of genres.
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
January 30, 2011
The movie's hot, bathed in an erotic glow, but horribly empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 15, 2011
Sexy, dark, occasionally funny, good performances--but it's just too stupid to recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 16, 2011
Isn't anarchic and invigorated but sloppy and limp.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
February 25, 2011
Copulation practically overcomes the alleged premise.
Beth Accomando
February 24, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Cole Smithey
January 28, 2011
New Queer Cinema progenitor Gregg Araki backslides into remedial artsy filmmaking with a poorly conceived story about the end of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
June 8, 2011
[Araki] made The Living End, Mysterious Skin and other anthems to gay America. Kaboom is less an anthem, more a discordant impromptu.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
June 9, 2011
Watching films whose characters spend much of their time staring at computer screens or waking up from dreams is a bit of a drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
June 10, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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