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Kalamity (2010)



Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 8

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Haunted by memories of his ex-girlfriend Alice (Beau Garrett), a heartbroken Billy (Nick Stahl) returns home to Northern Virginia seeking solace from old friends. But what he finds there is more disconcerting than comforting: his best friend Stanley (Jonathan Jackson) has become unstable, mysterious, and withdrawn from those around him. Billy teams up with another old friend, Stanley's roommate Christian (Christopher M. Clark), to find out what's going on, and as they probe Stanley's recent


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Feb 8, 2011

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More skillfully directed than written, "Kalamity'' is competent yet never startling, either artistically or viscerally.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Stahl should have had a career similar to Sam Rockwell's, blending thoughtful indies with fun popcorn flicks. Instead, he's spinning his wheels in junk like this.

November 9, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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There isn't enough plot in this amateurish mope-athon to fill up a half-hour TV show.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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For all its seriousness, Kalamity lacks a steady narrative drive.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Writer-director James M. Hausler seems convinced that deep emotional truths will seep from the screen if he keeps downshifting the pace to an arty crawl and holding his actors in a vise grip.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A strange, stilted, misbegotten drama, undone by variable performances, awkwardly inserted flashback and fantasy sequences, and a gloppy overlay of voiceover narration.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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... callow and self-impressed ...

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

With an overdone score, horrendous script, choppy editing, and bizarre tone changes, Kalamity is just weird in that B-movie, straight-to-video way that sometimes distinguishes films into the so-bad-it's-good genre but not quite here.

January 25, 2011 Full Review Source:

A talented cast can't save this low-budget psychodrama about male malaise from its meandering screenplay.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

Kalamity well describes this katastrophe.

October 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The brooding main characters in James M. Hausler's Kalamity take indulgent suffering to another level.

October 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A lackadaisical albeit stylishly directed thriller deficient in suspense, imagination and genuine poignancy.

October 24, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Kalamity is a real klunker.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A lofty but uneven psycho-noir, Kalamity is a genre film whose ambition unfortunately exceeds writer/director James Hausler's means.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

"Kalamity" is the kind of indie suspense thriller that gives indies a bad name.

October 18, 2010 Full Review Source:

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