Kafka 1991

Kafka

Critics Consensus

Kafka does not rise to the artistic success of its subject, struggling to approximate the nightmarish absurdity that defined the author's work despite thoughtful direction by Steven Soderbergh and a gorgeous black and white color palette.

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User Ratings: 4,970
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Movie Info

An insurance clerk (Jeremy Irons) must enter a sinister castle to solve a mystery in circa-1919 Prague.

Cast & Crew

Ian Holm
Doctor Murnau
Alec Guinness
The Chief Clerk
Brian Glover
Castle Henchman
Keith Allen
Assistant Ludwig
Simon McBurney
Assistant Oscar
Mark Johnson
Executive Producer
Barry Levinson
Executive Producer
Paul Rassam
Executive Producer
Cliff Martinez
Original Music
Jeff Rona
Original Music
Walt Lloyd
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Critic Reviews for Kafka

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (11)

Audience Reviews for Kafka

  • Nov 29, 2011
    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.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2010
    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.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2008
    Under appreciated Soderbergh gem.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2006
    a surreal film about kafka being stuck in his own stories; jeremy irons is wonderful to watch
    Cindy C Super Reviewer

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