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Kaboom Reviews

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
June 6, 2011
Designed to have its own fun, filled to the brim with bangs of all kinds but mostly landing with a whimper.
April 8, 2011
What pop spectacle!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2011
The film is Araki's most ambitious to date, with a quick pace, music that's hip and cool and a mood that alternates between playful and eccentric.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
March 25, 2011
Araki deserves credit for maintaining his independent spirit. But "Kaboom" is short on impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 24, 2011
With Kaboom, Araki takes a huge step backward from the maturity and restraint he demonstrated in 2004's Mysterious Skin, his best and most-assured film to date (and, tellingly, his only adaptation of someone else's material).
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.
Read More | Original Score: D+
March 18, 2011
What's going on? Who cares?
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 17, 2011
Araki has been making movies for more than 20 years now, and his ideas haven't evolved all that much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 3, 2011
"Kaboom'' is currently having all the sex other American comedies are too shy and too commercial for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 25, 2011
Sort of likable, despite Araki's utter lack of interest in charming anyone who isn't already a member of his small following.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 23, 2011
This isn't satire, it isn't that funny and the only bits that work are the titillating ones.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 17, 2011
Much of the film seems to make no sense, and when all is finally resolved, it feels arbitrary and pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
February 15, 2011
Sexy, dark, occasionally funny, good performances--but it's just too stupid to recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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 3, 2011
Araki lets his absurdist imagination run wild, and "Kaboom" takes the time-honored gambit of gradually revealing that nothing is as it seems to delightfully cockamamie extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 31, 2011
Kaboom might be borderline camp, but there's no spillover. Or perhaps it's the other way around. Perhaps Araki's vision of human sexuality is so fluid that the borders are always expanding.
January 28, 2011
Kaboom is an erotic blast of sinful flesh, fun and fantasy that you don't want to stop.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 28, 2011
"Kaboom" is a return to Araki's frivolous past -- fun to watch but mostly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 27, 2011
[A] chaotic, trifling, oddly likable film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 27, 2011
A delirious and lighthearted pop spectacle with a dark undercurrent of apocalyptic horror, "Kaboom" is about 95 percent of the movie that writer-director Gregg Araki's fans have been waiting for.
January 27, 2011
An aching melodrama that turns the lingering pains of youth into paranormal puzzles that the hero keeps trying to solve.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 27, 2011
Writer-director Gregg Araki makes an unwelcome return to the facile sexual-outlaw posing of his '90s movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 26, 2011
It's as if Araki simply decided to make the horniest episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 25, 2011
[Araki's] assembled the best-looking cast in town and it's largely his gaga appreciation that makes the movie so much fun.