A Clockwork Orange Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
October 23, 2004

A Clockwork Orange is an ideological mess, a paranoid right-wing fantasy masquerading as an Orwellian warning.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
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.

Andrew Sarris
Village Voice
Top Critic
February 6, 2013

A painless, bloodless, and ultimately pointless futuristic fantasy.


Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

A sexless, inhuman film, whose power derives from a ruthless subordination of its content to the demands of telling a good story.

Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011

A violent meditation on violence. Not for kids.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Newman
Bullz-Eye.com
September 4, 2010

The rare film that hits you in the head and stomach simultaneously.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

It demands thought, compels the attention, and refuses to be dismissed.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 25, 2005

May be Kubrick's greatest film, for its lasting influence and social significance.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 30, 2007

Remains as unsettling and shocking today as the day it was released.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 25, 2009

[VIDEO ESSAY] There's Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange," and then there's everything else.

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 17, 2004

It's a very dark message, but maybe that's why the film caught on as a video cult item in the 80s.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
A.D. Murphy
Variety
Top Critic
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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000

A visual joyride, something that is terrifyingly pertinent in an eerie sort of way.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000

Real horrorshow, that.

Full Review | Original Score: 94/100
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001

Jarring, uncomfortable, surprisingly moving and ultimately unforgettable.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 21, 2002

"A Clockwork Orange" is on of Kubrick's best and a marvelous adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel.

| Original Score: 5/5
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
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
November 19, 2007

Spectacular, operatic, colorful, and exquisitely photographed.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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