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Kalifornia Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The suspense screws up tighter than a drum-head. The characters remain believable; we have a conflict of personalities, not stereotypes. The action coexists seamlessly with the message.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's like a film-school thesis gone disastrously wrong.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Kalifornia is that deadliest of combinations: a pretentious B movie. It repeatedly smacks the viewer in the face and then pretends that it has some intellectual reason for doing so. [03 Sep 1993]

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Director Dominic Sena appears more enamored of peeping-Tom camerawork than plot logic. [03 Sep 1993]

  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Kalifornia is disturbing, and, while it doesn't overdo the blood, neither is the violence understated.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Graphic, gory, and curiously flat. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are several murders, some graphic and bloody, and one character is the victim of domestic abuse. Both of the couples have sex, and one character is a photographer whose work includes graphic sexual scenes. Characters smoke, drink, and use profanity.

  • Families can talk about violence in the media. Why are we fascinated by stories about murders or violent crimes? Domestic abuse would also be a topic to explore. Why does Adele choose to stay with and defend Early, despite his abuse? What are the responsibilities of third parties like Carrie and Brian, who learn about the abuse?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: One character is a murderer and domestic abuser; the others are, to one degree or another, tolerant of his violence.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Gory murders and fight scenes.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Brief, but explicit sexual scenes and photographs.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking and drinking.