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Kaboom Reviews

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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
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William Goss
Film.com
June 6, 2011
Designed to have its own fun, filled to the brim with bangs of all kinds but mostly landing with a whimper.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
April 8, 2011
What pop spectacle!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 25, 2011
Araki deserves credit for maintaining his independent spirit. But "Kaboom" is short on impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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).
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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.
| Original Score: D+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 18, 2011
What's going on? Who cares?
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 23, 2011
This isn't satire, it isn't that funny and the only bits that work are the titillating ones.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 15, 2011
Sexy, dark, occasionally funny, good performances--but it's just too stupid to recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 28, 2011
Kaboom is an erotic blast of sinful flesh, fun and fantasy that you don't want to stop.
| Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 28, 2011
"Kaboom" is a return to Araki's frivolous past -- fun to watch but mostly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 27, 2011
[A] chaotic, trifling, oddly likable film.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
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+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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
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David Fear
Time Out
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
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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.