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


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Kaboom Reviews

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Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 4/10

November 11, 2013
Danny Scott
The Skinny

Its permanent entry into the cult canon may be scuppered by its cheap cinematography, and a general lack of charm.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 2/5

June 9, 2011
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

February 7, 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 Source: DCist | Original Score: 5.6/10

February 25, 2011
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

Unfortunately, as is so often the case, it all went downhill in the last half hour.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

November 3, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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This isn't satire, it isn't that funny and the only bits that work are the titillating ones.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 23, 2011
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: D+

March 22, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 17, 2011
William Goss
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Designed to have its own fun, filled to the brim with bangs of all kinds but mostly landing with a whimper.

Full Review Source: Film.com

June 6, 2011
Jordan Farley
SFX Magazine

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 Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

September 16, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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All that's truly strange here though is that Araki gets so few jolts or laughs from this hodge-podge of genres.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 8, 2011
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook

The movie's hot, bathed in an erotic glow, but horribly empty.

Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 30, 2011
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Sexy, dark, occasionally funny, good performances--but it's just too stupid to recommend.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 15, 2011
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Isn't anarchic and invigorated but sloppy and limp.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C-

June 16, 2011
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Copulation practically overcomes the alleged premise.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

February 25, 2011
Beth Accomando

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 Source: KPBS.org | Original Score: 5/10

February 24, 2011
Cole Smithey

New Queer Cinema progenitor Gregg Araki backslides into remedial artsy filmmaking with a poorly conceived story about the end of the world.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

January 28, 2011
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

[Araki] made The Living End, Mysterious Skin and other anthems to gay America. Kaboom is less an anthem, more a discordant impromptu.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 8, 2011
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

June 9, 2011
Anthony Quinn

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 Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

June 10, 2011

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