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  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. 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. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. Reviewed by: Edward Guthmann
    Feb 12, 2013
    It sounds promising, but it doesn't work. You get the feeling that Soderbergh, so early in his directing career, has exceeded his reach -- that the com- plicated logistics of making a film on location in eastern Europe, compounded with the challenge of bringing to life such a fundamentally lonely and passive figure, had stymied him. [17 Jan. 1992, p.D1]
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Feb 12, 2013
    Despite its good looks and expertly turned performances, it trivializes Kafka and his work. The simplistic optimism behind it is more terrifying than anything we actually see on screen. Sitting through Kafka is like watching somebody staff a suicide hotline by telling callers to just lighten up. [21 Feb. 1992, p.28]
  6. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Feb 12, 2013
    The movie is MTV Kafka: Instead of dialogue, character, behavior, it has a look and a mood. And that's all it has.
  7. Reviewed by: Rita Kempley
    Feb 12, 2013
    Perhaps Steven Soderbergh's metamorphosis from clever Cajun auteur ("sex, lies, and videotape") to heavy-duty Eastern European angst-master has been altogether too successful. Like authentic Soviet Bloc cinema, Kafka makes its audience suffer along with its heroes.

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