Lolita (1962)




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Movie Info

In this adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's novel, James Mason plays professor Humbert Humbert, who while waiting to begin a teaching post in the United States rents a room from blowzy Shelley Winters. Winters immediately falls for the worldly Humbert, but he only has eyes for his landlady's nubile daughter Lolita.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Vladimir Nabokov, James B. Harris, Stanley Kubrick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 1999


as Prof. Humbert Humber...

as Clare Quilty

as Charlotte Haze

as Lolita

as Vivian Darkbloom

as Jean Farlow

as John Farlow

as Mona Farlow

as Mrs. Starch

as Physician

as Hospital Attendant

as Nurse Mary Lore

as Haze Maid

as Hotel Receptionist

as Miss Lebone

as Beale Senior
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Critic Reviews for Lolita

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (4)

Where Nabokov was witty, Kubrick is sometimes merely snide, but fine performances (particularly from Peter Sellers, as the ominous Clare Quilty) cover most of the rough spots.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Far more satisfying than his later works (one hesitates to call them mere movies).

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An epically misbegotten, misguided adaptation...

Full Review… | November 28, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

As a Kubrick film... virtually everything it does well was done better in his filmography.

Full Review… | May 3, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

"How did they ever make a movie of Lolita?" With great difficulty!

Full Review… | July 2, 2012

Classic love story not for kids.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Lolita


Stanley Kubrick's Lolita is a very good film, but it is far from his best work. The film is well crafted, but Kubrick would steadily mature as a filmmaker, and Lolita is one of his films that tends to really broaded his scope and he is able to pull something quite interested. However, the idea here is quite simple, and Kubrick is a filmmaker that was always known for epic pictures, however Lolita tackles a taboo subject, and in doing so, he manages to break new ground in filmmaking, however at the same time it's not a standout work either. I really wanted to enjoy it, and somewhat did, however, it's not his best work. I guess here, the film worked more as an experiment for Stanley Kubrick, of which each film he made tended to be big, bold and risky, which was the case with all his films. Yet, they always were entertaining, brilliantly acted and uniquely directed. Lolita is good, but it's my least favorite of Kubrick's works. I'm not saying the film is awful, far from it, but for many, it's hard to get into, and to walk away from that truly memorable Stanley Kubrick viewing experience. In his later work, he would definitely hone his craft, and deliver some of cinema's finest pictures. As a whole, Lolita is not a film to be seen by viewers who are new to Kubrick. The film works well, and it's engaging from start to finish. But like I said, it's not Kubrick's best, as he would constantly top himself with future films. Lolita is nonetheless essential viewing if you enjoy his work.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

It feels more tame than I would have expected but Mason's performance is brilliant.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


Whatever Kubrick directs turns into classics! This is no exception with its amazing direction, acting, and score!

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

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