Karla (2006)

Based on the true story of husband and wife Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, the Ontario-based couple who tortured, raped, and murdered two schoolgirls, as well as Karla's younger sister, in the 1990s.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 20, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Things in the movie, like the slasher movie music cues, hint that Karla has exploitation in its veins. The reasons for making it -- and seeing it -- remain more than slightly suspect.

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Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Movies about real life serial killers are released frequently. It's when they're missing grief that they become an insult to the memory of the dead.

Angela Baldassarre

Because we only see one side of the events, "Karla" rings unconvincing and sensationalistic.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

You can call it guilty of exploitation, tastelessness or insensitivity if you like, but its greatest failing is a certain deadly pointlessness.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...hopelessly inept and thoroughly awful...

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

No audience, Canadian or otherwise, will learn anything here outside of the macabre facts. Worse, they won't feel anything either, not even -- and this is inexcusable -- for the victims themselves.

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S. James Wegg

Victims outshine their captors

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Little ambiguity or tension at the core of this hollow karaoke version of the Bernardo-Homolka murders . . . Karla seldom probes its title character's own complicity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Rather disturbing movie. Perspective is seemingly biased. News accounts of actual crime told a different tale, so I am not sure that I am buying the ole… More
John Me
Very good acting and entertaining BUT this movie was not real enough or explicit enough for being based on real sickening events.
Edward Boxler
To me, any accomplice to murder is just as guilty as the person committing it. That's why I am so repulsed by this movie, because it portrays Karla… More
nefnie lee
I often wonder why real-life horrors are made into films. Obviously, they are watched. Is it the aroused curiosity from all the media hoopla we derive from… More
Luke Baldock
Although interesting and quite informative of the actual case, the film is told through Karla's point of view. Not such a great idea for a script as she… More
Lee Kyle
Dissapointing highly dissapointing look at the sick and twisted love affair that was all to to close to home. A movie i personally dont think shouldve been made… More