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This isn't satire, it isn't that funny and the only bits that work are the titillating ones.
It's as if Araki simply decided to make the horniest episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer ever.
New York Magazine/Vulture:
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.
An aching melodrama that turns the lingering pains of youth into paranormal puzzles that the hero keeps trying to solve.
"Kaboom'' is currently having all the sex other American comedies are too shy and too commercial for.
Los Angeles Times:
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.
Writer-director Gregg Araki makes an unwelcome return to the facile sexual-outlaw posing of his '90s movies.
Designed to have its own fun, filled to the brim with bangs of all kinds but mostly landing with a whimper.
All that's truly strange here though is that Araki gets so few jolts or laughs from this hodge-podge of genres.
Los Angeles Times:
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.
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).
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.
New York Post:
"Kaboom" is a return to Araki's frivolous past -- fun to watch but mostly forgettable.
Sexy, dark, occasionally funny, good performances--but it's just too stupid to recommend.
The movie has been cast, designed, clothed, scored and edited to the bleeding edge of hip, but it hasn't exactly been written.
Kaboom is an erotic blast of sinful flesh, fun and fantasy that you don't want to stop.
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.
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.
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.
[Araki's] assembled the best-looking cast in town and it's largely his gaga appreciation that makes the movie so much fun.
Sort of likable, despite Araki's utter lack of interest in charming anyone who isn't already a member of his small following.