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  • Summary: A graduate student and his girlfriend set out on a cross-country roadtrip to research a book they are writing on serial killers. Along the way, they pick up an ex-con and his girlfriend who will take them on a ride they'll never forget. (MGM)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. 100
    The suspense screws up tighter than a drum-head. The characters remain believable; we have a conflict of personalities, not stereotypes. The action coexists seamlessly with the message.
  2. 75
    This kinky game of murder and eroticism is preposterous but never boring.
  3. Reviewed by: Pamela Bruce
    67
    The best thing this film has going for it are the outstanding performances of Pitt and Lewis as a sort of white trash Romeo and Juliet cum Henry Lee and Becky. Pitt is especially believable, so much so that he eerily captures the sociopathic persona of a real-life killer from a true-crime book: the thin, easy-going veneer that masks an evil sense of an absent conscience.
  4. If the plot thins, the performances don't. Brad Pitt's lank-haired loony, Juliette Lewis's crippled innocent, David Duchovny's well-meaning hypocrite, Michelle Forbes' black-clad shutterbug - each is a deeply etched portrait that fulfills its early promise. [24 Sep 1993]
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    50
    The movie is so beautifully filmed by Bojan Bazelli, and so skillfully edited, that its art house surface belies its exploitation content, making this a trip through a cool world rather than a cruel one.
  6. 38
    Director Dominic Sena appears more enamored of peeping-Tom camerawork than plot logic. [03 Sep 1993]
  7. Cmera work can't do anything about the barrenness of the screenplay, nor the sense of fundamental insincerity at the core of the film. [03 Sep 1993]

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 17, 2015
    10
    I totally agree with the review that Roger Ebert gave this movie. He rated the movie 5/5 and I couldn't agree more. Brad Pitt gives a flawlessI totally agree with the review that Roger Ebert gave this movie. He rated the movie 5/5 and I couldn't agree more. Brad Pitt gives a flawless performance as a maniac. He and his girlfriend hook up with two others who
    don't realize what kind of a person he is. He has no conscience but he hides his true personality in order to blend in with everyone else. David Duchovny is also in this movie and all of the actors are first rate in the movie. Brad Pitt didn't receive much praise for this movie but this is one of his best roles. A thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
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  2. j30
    Feb 13, 2012
    5
    Dominic Sena's Kalifornia is entertaining to a point, but by the end of the movie you kind of wish the overacting and ridiculous plot twistsDominic Sena's Kalifornia is entertaining to a point, but by the end of the movie you kind of wish the overacting and ridiculous plot twists would end. Expand

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