Kafka (1991)

Kafka is filmmaker Steven Soderbergh's 180-degree turnaround from his debut success sex, lies and videotape. A strange mixture of fantasy, horror and comedy constructed as a thriller, it stars Jeremy Irons as the title character, who is… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 1991
DVD Release Date: December 22, 1992
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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Steven Soderbergh's Kafka is a very bad well-directed movie.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

The effect is artistic, but it's also obvious when the material cried out for unsettling.

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Emanuel Levy

Soderbergh's sophomore jinx, a pastiche of styles (noir, German Expressionism) and themes (personal and political oppression), further hampered by the vastly miscast Jeremy Irons.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Soderbergh does demonstrate again here that he's a gifted director, however unwise in his choice of project.

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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

There are shafts of insight, and the photography's elegantly expressionist. But Irons, sturdily English despite a fitting heaviness of the spirit, is hopelessly miscast as the iconic, neurasthenic writer.

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Douglas Pratt

the film has a shallow, sophomoric earnestness

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A movie about Franz Kafka? It's a good idea for a microsecond. Then it dissolves into a dumb proposition.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

All the Kafka basics are there for the literary types to muse over and it has great entertainment value in its unpretentious playfulness.

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Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Incomprehensible but interesting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Steve K
Beautiful to look at but ever so slight.
Anthony Valletta
Under appreciated Soderbergh gem.
Stephen Earnest
Mysterious and stylish but incoherent and empty, "Kafka" is a good-looking disappointment for director Steven Soderbergh. Impressive camerawork and… More
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Moody, mysterious, and measured thriller shot in beautiful black & white except for a pivotal sequence inside "the Castle." Soderbergh's… More