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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)
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. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. 38
    Director Dominic Sena appears more enamored of peeping-Tom camerawork than plot logic. [03 Sep 1993]
  7. It's like a film-school thesis gone disastrously wrong.

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  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
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  1. 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 twists would end. Collapse

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