Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17

Critic Reviews

  1. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Feb 12, 2013
    With the help of an impeccable cast and with a style steeped in the past, Soderbergh has placed the persona of Kafka under a lens, and the soul he discovers is his own. [31 Jan. 1992]
  2. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Bill Cosford
    Feb 12, 2013
    The design of the film is breathtaking at times, veering from the jagged hyperbole of German expressionism to the drolleries of English comedy at its most daft, if not most broad. [7 Feb. 1992, p.G5]
  3. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Feb 12, 2013
    Humor is a key ingredient in Kafka, though it definitely leans toward the wry and quirky. The movie loses some of its clarity and narrative force in mid-story however, though it never abandons its original visual style and focus.
  4. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Jay Boya
    Feb 12, 2013
    If, finally, Kafka doesn't add up to enough, it at least demonstrates that Soderbergh has a visual facility to go along with the narrative talent he showed in "sex, lies, and videotape." [21 Feb. 1992, p.17]
  5. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Ted Mahar
    Feb 12, 2013
    The slightly overdone feeling of the photography, the archly evocative acting and Cliff Martinez's music also impart a sly sense of the absurd. Kafka recalls the old joke that reminds us that even paranoids have enemies. [12 Feb. 1992, p.C07]
  6. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Feb 12, 2013
    Kafka is in glorious black and white, except for an extended color sequence near the end that recalls the visual transition in "The Wizard of Oz." The comparison is even more apropos: This middling pigmentary stunt has a lot of smoke and mirrors, a lot of mood, and too much put-on wizardry at its center. [4 Dec. 1991, p.5D]

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