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Based on 17 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This kinky game of murder and eroticism is preposterous but never boring. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Cmera work can't do anything about the barrenness of the screenplay, nor the sense of fundamental insincerity at the core of the film. [03 Sep 1993] show more

  • 38
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

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

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Lewis delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as the child-woman who wears tube tops and polyester and matter-of-factly tells the other woman that Early doesn't really whip her. [03 Sep 1993] show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

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

  • 50
    Ethan Alter TV Guide

    Unrelenting and predictable, this pretentious collaboration between a music video director and the writer of "Revenge of the Nerds" covers all of the bases now required in a road movie thriller, to precious little dramatic effect. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    If the plot thins, the performances don't. Brad Pitt's lank-haired loony, Juliette Lewis's crippled innocent, David Duchovny's well-meaning hypocrite, Michelle Forbes' black-clad shutterbug - each is a deeply etched portrait that fulfills its early promise. [24 Sep 1993] show more

  • 25
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    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] show more

  • 60

    Former pop promo director Sena knows how to give a glossy sheen to the blank surfaces and rough edges of roadside America, but the results look cheap and shoddy rather than seductively challenging. show more

  • November 16, 2010 Jeff
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    I first saw "Kalifornia" when it first hit pay cable (probably HBO) way back in the mid-90s and was absolutely mesmerized by the performance of a then practically-unkown Brad Pitt as Early Grace. I knew from early in the film this actor was destined to be A MAJOR STAR! I believe, chronologically, he'd also already had his small part in "Thelma & Louise" at this point, but he was THE star of this movie. A captivating performance by Juliette Lewis as a very sad sort of person who needs love so badly she holds onto even what she gets from the psychopathic Grace was helped along by equally sound performances by David Duchovny as the unsuspecting writer who has them "sharing his expenses" as he takes a cross-country trip to research the sites of famous serial murders for a book he's working on while his girlfriend, played aptly by Michelle Forbes, takes photos for the book -- all the while unaware of just who and what their male ride-sharer is. I don't understand the low ratings for the movie and have never understood why it wasn't a big hit (except maybe ************** a bit of a downer). If a studio could AFFORD this same cast today to make this same movie, I think it would be a BLOCKBUSTER! To me, this is a thriller classic! Jeff Hayes Spartanburg, SC

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