• Released
  • November 15, 1991
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 38 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
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Kafka Synopsis
Clerk (Jeremy Irons) goes to dark castle to solve mystery, c.1919 Prague.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
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...
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Miami Herald

The design of the film is breathtaking at times, veering from the jagged hyperbole of German expressionism to the drolleries of English...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Kafka is in glorious black and white, except for an extended color sequence near the end that recalls the visual transition in "The Wizard...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
It sounds promising, but it doesn't work. You get the feeling that Soderbergh, so early in his directing career, has exceeded his reach --...
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The Hollywood Reporter

A distinguished and able cast headed by Jeremy Irons; beautiful, mostly black-and-white cinematography; and the enchanting Prague...
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Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Steven Soderbergh's Kafka is a surprisingly cold, gray and flavorless follow-up to "sex, lies and videotape." [7 Feb. 1992]
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Kafka, as subject or character, simply doesn't fit into the world of this film. Soderbergh does demonstrate again here that he's a gifted...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The film makes a few starts in many directions but doesn't go very far in any, and that's disappointing to those of us who thought so much...
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Despite its good looks and expertly turned performances, it trivializes Kafka and his work. The simplistic optimism behind it is more...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is MTV Kafka: Instead of dialogue, character, behavior, it has a look and a mood. And that's all it has.
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Rated PG-13