Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 16, 2011
    The movie has been cast, designed, clothed, scored and edited to the bleeding edge of hip, but it hasn't exactly been written.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 28, 2011
    Araki constructs the hot-blooded Kaboom as a high-wire act without a safety net. Go with it.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 17, 2011
    For the most part, it's fairly pleasant and interesting enough to be there.
  4. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Mar 3, 2011
    Kaboom lets Araki play with carnality as opposed to cautioning against it.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 17, 2011
    The meaning - and irony - of Kaboom's title doesn't become clear until a beat or two before the end credits roll, and even then it's hard to say what exactly Araki is getting at.
  6. 80
    The movie ends abruptly-too abruptly for my taste-but the gaiety lingers through the closing credits. Not even apocalypse can dispel the sexy vibes.
  7. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Mar 25, 2011
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 17, 2011
    Funny, scary, and exuberant, Kaboom delivers the goods as both a generational marker and a tale of things to, uh, come.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jan 28, 2011
    It's all goofy stuff, played for laughs, but it's clear we've been catapulted into a world where things are not quite right.
  10. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 27, 2011
    Chaotic, trifling, oddly likable film.
  11. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Feb 3, 2011
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 27, 2011
    It's by far the funniest and warmest movie Araki has ever made, with much less juvenile angst and much more command of his craft.
  13. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Mar 17, 2011
    It's certainly all Araki up there, and the film is handsome and swiftly paced. But it also feels terribly routine and even, strangely, for all the trangressiveness it strives for, retrograde.
  14. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jan 28, 2011
    Call it "The Doom Generation II." Gregg Araki's Kaboom returns to the trippy ways of his 1995 erotic head trip.
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 28, 2011
    The good-natured cast helps distract from a barely sketched plot and outrageously cheap production values.
  16. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Feb 23, 2011
    This isn't satire, it isn't that funny and the only bits that work are the titillating ones.
  17. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Jan 25, 2011
    Kaboom does have an excellent punchline, although even at 86 minutes it feels too long-mainly because Araki can't help letting his camera linger over his performers. Hard to blame him-he's assembled the best-looking cast in town and it's largely his gaga appreciation that makes the movie so much fun.
  18. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jan 27, 2011
    Kaboom is pure fantasy in every sense of the word: It's a riff on sexy, sassy teen movies and conspiracy thrillers that at times seems to exist only so Araki can get his beautiful young cast to strip off their clothes and pair off in every conceivable combination, just as he used to do in his earlier, more scandalous films.
  19. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jan 25, 2011
    While Araki has finally perfected a shoegazey visual aesthetic that's simultaneously sensual and too cool for school, it's hard not to feel that his reprise of yesterday's greatest snits borders on being stuck in a rut.
  20. 75
    A film with enough sexy one-liners to tempt Mae West from the grave.
  21. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Jan 28, 2011
    Kaboom's one-liners are snappy, knowing, and unexpected.
  22. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Mar 25, 2011
    An inconsequential mess.
  23. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Jun 6, 2011
    Gregg Araki's sci-fi is a weird and, just occasionally, wonderful skew on the college comedy. Slight but fun.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Mowe
    Jan 22, 2011
    Araki's got a certain garish flare to his delivery that those more patient with the content will find appealing and Thomas Dekker offers an engaging performance.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Sep 27, 2011
    The best movies are the ones that you can't stop thinking about. This is one of those movies. It's one of the coolest, trippiest, most screwed up movies I've ever seen, but it's quirkiness allowed it to lodge itself into my brain. While this movie probably isn't the best you will ever see plot-wise, it makes up for its flaws in its art, as a unique and sexy teenage com/dram. Full Review »
  2. Apr 9, 2011
    This movie is a huge mess, but it's such hilarious and campy fun. I saw it back in September 2010 when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
    Gregg Araki has made far better films, but this one is a joy to sit through (even though the plot holes are massive). I wouldn't really recommend to see this in theaters, but it's definitely worth a look.
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  3. Oct 15, 2013
    "Kaboom" is an explosion of colours, sex more. Story has no logic. Purpose of the protagonist is not clear. "Kaboom" seems to be made by a person smoking marijuana is exceeded. It seems a bad Almodóvar film. The best of film? Juno Temple. Full Review »