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A Clockwork Orange Reviews

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New York Daily News
January 29, 2016
A mind shattering experience with its exaggerated violence and outrageous vulgarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tony Palmer
The Spectator
June 24, 2015
There is no other director who can transfix the human condition with such galvanic images.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 30, 2014
A film chiefly about making us watch terrible things and recognising that we have made the choice to watch them. It's a dirty trick to play on a viewer, but a fair one.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice
February 6, 2013
A painless, bloodless, and ultimately pointless futuristic fantasy.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
Kubrick's contributions are his wit and his eye. The wit, too much at times, is as biting as in Dr. Strangelove, and the production, while of another order, is as spectacular as in 2001.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
A violent meditation on violence. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Newman
September 4, 2010
The rare film that hits you in the head and stomach simultaneously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Cole Smithey
July 25, 2009
[VIDEO ESSAY] There's Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange," and then there's everything else.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
June 28, 2009
The music made me do it
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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TIME Magazine
August 22, 2008
A merciless, demoniac satire in the future imperfect.
Steve Biodrowski
July 23, 2008
Producer-director Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel is a strangely overwhelming experience %u2013 at time contemptible, and yet always valid in its sardonic outlook.
Emanuel Levy
February 22, 2008
Ambitious and stylized (perhaps to a fault), Kubrick's poignantly prophetic satire of crime and punishment, redemption and free will, is still much misunderstood by critics emphasizing its ultra-violence.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
November 19, 2007
Spectacular, operatic, colorful, and exquisitely photographed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 3, 2007
All of Kubricks films have generated controversy, but this one engendered outright hostility.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

October 2, 2007
Directed with assurance and filled with the cynicism, paranoia, visual flair (and lurid titillation) that characterised so much of his work, this is vintage Kubrick and classic cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
Remains as unsettling and shocking today as the day it was released.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 8, 2007
Who else but Stanley Kubrick could successfully direct an ultra-stylish, sci-fi cult film about the impossibility of redemption in the absence of freely willed sin?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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A.D. Murphy
May 8, 2007
Stanley Kubrick's latest film takes the heavy realities of the 'do-your-thing' and 'law-and-order' syndromes, runs them through a cinematic centrifuge, and spews forth the commingled comic horrors of a regulated society.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 8, 2007
A very bad film -- snide, barely competent, and overdrawn -- that enjoys a perennial popularity, perhaps because its confused moral position appeals to the secret Nietzscheans within us.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 9, 2006
Ice cold, indecent, and way too obvious to be in any way deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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