100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This kinky game of murder and eroticism is preposterous but never boring.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Lewis delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as the child-woman who wears tube tops and polyester and matter-of-factly tells the other woman that Early doesn't really whip her. [03 Sep 1993]
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Kalifornia is disturbing, and, while it doesn't overdo the blood, neither is the violence understated.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
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]
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50

TV Guide

By Ethan Alter
Unrelenting and predictable, this pretentious collaboration between a music video director and the writer of "Revenge of the Nerds" covers all of the bases now required in a road movie thriller, to precious little dramatic effect.
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38

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Director Dominic Sena appears more enamored of peeping-Tom camerawork than plot logic. [03 Sep 1993]
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25

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
Kalifornia is that deadliest of combinations: a pretentious B movie. It repeatedly smacks the viewer in the face and then pretends that it has some intellectual reason for doing so. [03 Sep 1993]
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's like a film-school thesis gone disastrously wrong.
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49 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.