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Lolita (1997)


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Adapted from the novel by Vladimir Nabokov (previously filmed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962), Lolita stars Jeremy Irons as Humbert Humbert, a college literature professor. In early adolescence, Humbert fell hopelessly and tragically in love with a girl his own age, and, as he grew into adulthood, he never lost his obsession with "nymphets," teenagers who walk a fine line between being a girl and a woman. While looking for a place to live after securing a new teaching position, he meets Charlotte


Drama, Romance

Stephen Schiff

Jun 29, 1999

Samuel Goldwyn Company

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...the performances hit the right notes...

May 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Irons is excellent, but the film is a real cold shower

December 19, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

...any film of Lolita is bound to disappoint the few who insist on the primacy of Nabokov's novel

July 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Lyne's update on this comic, bittersweet tale benefits mightily from a clever screenplay by Stephen Schiff and terrific performances by the movie's two leads.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film is remarkably...disturbing. There's no other way to put it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Unlike Kubrick's cool, black comedy, Lyne's LOLITA displays a much broader emotional tapestry

January 1, 2000 Full Review

With its distant earnestness and leisurely pace, it might as well have been a Merchant Ivory production.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Lolita

Nabakov's insightful questioning of the values of modern Western culture are still wonderfully hidden in this take on his still discomforting tale about living your dream, about the myth of having it all. Excellent turns by the cast almost give one to forget the mischevious, indelicate way the subject is approached. The puzzle here is that Nabakov's ( and the original film's ) "you-know-I'm-joking, right, just-making-a-point?" wink at you is replaced by Lyne's decision to simply tell the tale straight, w/o any curves at all ... is that a good or a bad thing? Its certainly more terrifying.
December 9, 2011

Super Reviewer

I expected it to be much more disturbing, however since it was Lolita who started all their exploits it wasn't as creepy or perverted. Saying that, it was uncomfortable to watch at times especially with the great performances by Irons and Swain. The character of Lolita was very well done as she acted incredibly childish and immature for her age but then suddenly switched when she wanted something. She knew exactly what she was doing. I sort of felt sorry for Humbert as she was blatantly playing him and he fell for it because of his past. However, he still shouldn't have given in to his desires and they both got what they deserved in the end.
October 10, 2011

Super Reviewer

Where do I even start with this movie?! I seem to have fallen into a trap of late of watching movies that seem to have this child/adult love theme. I had the book for ages and never read it, resigning myself to watch the movie before hand (which is something I very rarely do) and I am happy I did because now I could not imagine the characters as anyone but those in movie. Jeremy Irons again perfection, his narrative in this film haunting and resonant even if there were moments when I wondered why the hell I was watching it! Kinda slow, but never dull.
July 17, 2011
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The remake of the hugely controversial film, original Directed by Stanley Kubrick and taken from the novel by Vladimir Nabokov.

As remakes go, the general view tends to be that the original is best in most cases, not in this one, or at least not for me.

It?s very difficult not to feel uncomfortable watching parts of this film because of the nature of the story, but Jeremy Irons was extremely impressive, with a wonderful performance from Jeremy Irons as Humbert and a great role played by Dominique Swain as Lolita too, both controversial roles.

The view of this unspeakable romance being told through a Writers eyes, almost tries to justify to justify his acting upon his feelings and instincts. What I also liked about this version was seeing the perspective from each person involved, rather telling the story just through one set of eyes.

For the first time I could see this story through the young girl?s eyes, like many girls her age having feelings for an older man and the innocence of how those feelings could come across to somebody else and be used to manipulate situations, debates are a must for this film.
September 23, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Humbert Humbert: She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks, she was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always - Lolita. Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin. My soul.
    – Submitted by Michelle F (15 months ago)
    1. Lolita: I was a daisy fresh girl and look what you've done to me.
    – Submitted by Michelle F (15 months ago)
    1. Lolita: You look a 100% better when I can't see you.
    – Submitted by Gerardo O (20 months ago)
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