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More skillfully directed than written, "Kalamity'' is competent yet never startling, either artistically or viscerally.
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.
There isn't enough plot in this amateurish mope-athon to fill up a half-hour TV show.
For all its seriousness, Kalamity lacks a steady narrative drive.
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.
A strange, stilted, misbegotten drama, undone by variable performances, awkwardly inserted flashback and fantasy sequences, and a gloppy overlay of voiceover narration.
... callow and self-impressed ...
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.
A talented cast can't save this low-budget psychodrama about male malaise from its meandering screenplay.
Kalamity well describes this katastrophe.
The brooding main characters in James M. Hausler's Kalamity take indulgent suffering to another level.
A lackadaisical albeit stylishly directed thriller deficient in suspense, imagination and genuine poignancy.
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