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572 Ratings


Directed by Steven Soderbergh
United States, France, 1991
Comedy, Drama, Mystery


Kafka, an insurance worker gets embroiled in an underground group after a co-worker is murdered. The underground group is responsible for bombings all over town.

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Kafka Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

1992 | Winner: Best Cinematography

1992 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

What are people saying?

  • VENIMOS LOS JODIMOS Y NOS FUIMOS's rating of the film Kafka

    Tan interesante visualmente como poco consistente en lo anecdotico, este trabajo del sobrevalorado Steven Soderbergh es la tipica pelicula en la que no faltan los pendejos que se paran a aplaudir al terminar la proyecciòn, aunque en su pinche vida hayan leido jamàs a Kafka ò entendido bien a bien de que trato la cinta. A su favor, cuenta con la presencia de Alec Guiness como un villano verdaderamente siniestro.

  • film_lies101's rating of the film Kafka

    Probably my favorite Soderbergh film. Being a fan of Kafka helps otherwise you might find a bit maddening...

  • Diderot's rating of the film Kafka

    Soderbergh's main point of merit is that he understands a bit of the Kafkan humor, which is often elided in other adaptations. Most of the movie plays a bit contrived, with all of the various references to Kafka's work and imagination, but it is at least an interesting attempt at making a biopic of the "author" rather than the "person"--a film about the imaginative universe to which the name "Kafka" refers.

  • Nino Lasso's rating of the film Kafka

    Oh boy, this unbearable slog is Soderbergh's at his worst. It's barely 100 minutes long, but a terrible pacing and almost no plot development makes it feel like a lifetime of anguish. Iron's turn as the infamous insurance worker-turned-writer doesn't redeem the whole thing. The third act rolls like a jumble of setpieces borrowed from Terry Gilliam, but makes you feel truly grateful as the movie halts to a conclusion

  • roseros's rating of the film Kafka

    Though the cinematography was beautiful, Kafka gets no respect in this film, just the usual Soderbergh trope- maybe 'indie' by Hollywood standards but really quite banal and just a little bit cheesy. I would like to see a director like Bela Tarr take on a subject like Kafka, Soderbergh lacks the intensity.

  • David Sindmark Hörnfeldt's rating of the film Kafka

    A bad film well directed. It cares more about the individual images than about a coherent flow, so each of them is gorgeous but they build to nothing. He can make films I like, but I don't like Soderbergh movies. Soderbergh can make films about anything, I think, but only because he cares about nothing.

  •'s rating of the film Kafka

    (...)Für mich gehört Kafka in den Bereich existentialistischer Träumereien, bei Soderbergh aber kommt er wie ein verrückter Forscher daher. Warum hat Soderbergh sich da rangewagt? Vermutlich ist er Kafka Bewunderer und versuchte sich daher an diesem filmischen Labyrinth. Einer aber passt nicht in diese Welt: Kafka selbst.(...)

  • Palmat's rating of the film Kafka

    Very stylish film by Soderbergh with solid direction & a very accomplished cast. I´m not a big Kafka fan but I think that Soderbergh could have done with less comedy & more dread & paranoia with really capture the tone. Still the comedy adds to the absurdity so I see what he is going for. Soderbergh´s biggest misstep however is the script which is a BIG rip off of Gilliam´s Brazil. Painfully similar to be honest.

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