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Kaboom Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Shot in blinding colors, with an eye for artifice and a fixation on flesh, Kaboom is one happy, horny movie.
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 15, 2013
Araki has crafted an entertaining, violently funny movie that's amongst his best work yet.
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
October 2, 2012
After walking out of KABOOM, I wanted to take a nice, hot shower to wash myself of this filthy film, but holy hell I had a blast.
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Enjoy the audacious, electrifying and subversive components thrown at the audience in scattergun style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
June 16, 2011
While the cast is good-looking, making them wear quirky hats doesn't always work. But, despite all the oddness, it is strangely compelling with some sharp and witty lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Gilbey
Sight and Sound
June 14, 2011
The tone and production values suggest a mixture of daytime soap, gay porn and Twilight slash-fiction, but the film's greatest asset, as ever with Araki, is sincerity.
June 13, 2011
It's the kind of film that refuses to draw lines between what's real and what's hallucination, just as the characters resist defining their identity by sexual orientation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Guardian
June 12, 2011
This is a wild movie in a Lynch-lite mode.
June 10, 2011
The soundtrack's the perfect mixtape, the visuals the perfect day-glo trashpop video - just don't expect too much in the way of boring old depth and meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Caroline Jowett
Daily Express (UK)
June 10, 2011
A delirious, demented cross between Donnie Darko and Twin Peaks with an undeniably handsome cast and a good deal of film-making skill. Don't expect it to make a lot of sense but just enjoy the wild trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
June 10, 2011
Two very different films have been mashed up in Kaboom...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 9, 2011
Kaboom also resembles nothing so much as an episode of Scooby Doo without the dog, and with an awful lot of penetrative sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 9, 2011
Squarely aimed at a student demographic, the entire affair plays out like an episode of Scooby Doo on acid with the added fuel of frequent sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
June 9, 2011
Araki's trademark comic book-vibrant visuals and a cool, indie soundtrack intensify the overall trippy experience, keeping everything cohesive even when the narrative goes entirely off the rails in the rushed final act.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
June 9, 2011
Bright and intoxicating, but too cluttered to be placed alongside the director's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 8, 2011
Enjoyable, stylishly directed teen sci-fi comedy with a gleefully bonkers script, a strong cast and a star-making supporting turn from Juno Temple, though it's all a bit too chaotic to really engage on an emotional level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
June 8, 2011
If there's an undercurrent of impending cataclysm in today's culture, 'Kaboom' senses that feeling, seizes it in a surreal clinch and hurtles with it off a cliff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
June 6, 2011
Gregg Araki's sci-fi is a weird and, just occasionally, wonderful skew on the college comedy. Slight but fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
June 4, 2011
I've often thought that I'd like to see a bit more of Juno Temple. After seeing Kaboom, I don't think it'd be possible to see more of Juno Temple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
May 31, 2011
It's good to see the respectability Araki won from 2004's Mysterious Skin hasn't sapped his subversive streak.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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