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Kafka (1991)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 4,893

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Steve Soderbergh did a 180 degree turnaround from his debut film sex, lies, and videotape with Kafka, a stark art-film fable for literature majors. Jeremy Irons plays a fictional Franz Kafka, living in Prague in 1919. By day, Kafka works in a massive, impersonal insurance company. At night, he spends his time alone writing stories about men who turn into giant cockroaches. Although quiet and solitary, he becomes a suspect in a murder investigation conducted by Inspector Grubach (Armin … More

Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
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In Theaters:
On DVD:
Dec 22, 1992
Runtime:
Paramount Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Kafka

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (9) | DVD (1)

Steven Soderbergh's Kafka is a very bad well-directed movie.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Soderbergh does demonstrate again here that he's a gifted director, however unwise in his choice of project.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A movie about Franz Kafka? It's a good idea for a microsecond. Then it dissolves into a dumb proposition.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The effect is artistic, but it's also obvious when the material cried out for unsettling.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

All the Kafka basics are there for the literary types to muse over and it has great entertainment value in its unpretentious playfulness.

Full Review… | April 2, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Soderbergh's sophomore jinx, a pastiche of styles (noir, German Expressionism) and themes (personal and political oppression), further hampered by the vastly miscast Jeremy Irons.

Full Review… | January 29, 2006
EmanuelLevy.Com

the film has a shallow, sophomoric earnestness

June 10, 2005

Incomprehensible but interesting.

January 5, 2004

One of Soderbergh's most fascinating films.

November 5, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Overwrought over long and over indulgent

August 30, 2002
Zap2it.com

Lem Dobb's script doesn't rely on comprehension or linearity, but the whole scope of the project has its compelling root.

Full Review… | October 9, 2001
eFilmCritic.com

Quite often, the visual feast is enough to hold audience attention. But, in the end, it all feels rather empty.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A stimulating blend of biography, hypothesis, interpretation and afterthought. It's a story about the 20th century.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Kafka

½

Beautiful to look at but ever so slight.

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Beefy
Steve K

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½

Mysterious and stylish but incoherent and empty, "Kafka" is a good-looking disappointment for director Steven Soderbergh. Impressive camerawork and snappy editing ensure that it won't be forgotten, but there just simply isn't enough going on to make it entertaining. The characters and story are dull, and on top of that, it's confusing.

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Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

½

Moody, mysterious, and measured thriller shot in beautiful black & white except for a pivotal sequence inside "the Castle." Soderbergh's best film is quite unlike any other in dropping Jeremy Irons, utterly convincing as Franz Kafka circa 1919 Prague, amidst a very Kafkaesque series of encounters. The insurance clerk's appointed assistants are two of the funniest oddball characters in film history. I last watched this 15 years ago until tonight and was completely reaffirmed why this remains one of my favorites of the 1990s.

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DrStrangeblog
Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer

Under appreciated Soderbergh gem.

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threefolddado
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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