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The Lobster (2016)



Critic Consensus: As strange as it is thrillingly ambitious, The Lobster is definitely an acquired taste -- but for viewers with the fortitude to crack through Yorgos Lanthimos' offbeat sensibilities, it should prove a savory cinematic treat.

Movie Info

Colin Farrell stars as David, a man who has just been dumped by his wife. To make matters worse, David lives in a society where single people have 45 days to find true love, or else they are turned into the animal of their choice and released into the woods. David is kept at the mysterious hotel while he searches for a new partner, and after several romantic misadventures decides to make a daring escape to abandon this world. He ultimately joins up with a rebel faction known as The Loners, a group founded on a complete rejection of romance. But once there David meets an enigmatic stranger (Rachel Weisz) who stirs up unexpected and strong feelings within him... At once a full immersion into a strange and surreal world, and a witty and clever reflection of our own society, THE LOBSTER is a thrillingly audacious vision fully brought to life by Lanthimos and his terrific cast. The filmmaker displays a completely singular style and mastery of tone, finding the perfect balance between sharp-edged satire and romantic fable that entertains its audience while also leaving them with lots to reflect on long after the credits have rolled.more
Rating: R (for sexual content including dialogue, and some vioelnce)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
In Theaters:
Box Office: $1.0M
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Rachel Weisz
as Short Sighted Woman
Léa Seydoux
as Loner Leader
Ben Whishaw
as The Limping Man
John C. Reilly
as Lisping Man
Olivia Colman
as Hotel Manager
Jessica Barden
as Nosebleed Woman
Angeliki Papoulia
as Heartless Woman
Ashley Jensen
as Biscuit Woman
Michael Smiley
as Loner Swimmer
Ariane Labed
as The Maid
Rosanna Hoult
as David's wife
Anthony Dougall
as 70 Year Old Waiter
Ewen Macintosh
as Trainer Waiter - Sho...
Jacqueline Abrahams
as Donkey Shooter
Sean Duggan
as Guard Waiter
Roland Ferrandi
as Loner Leader's Fathe...
Robert Heaney
as Restaurant Waiter
Ewan Macintosh
as Trainer Waiter (Shoo...
Patrick Malone
as Campari Man
Kathy Kelly
as Police Officer 1
Kevin McCormack
as Police Officer 2
Garry Mountaine
as Hotel Manager's Part...
Judi King Murphy
as Guest Room 104
Laoise Murphy
as Girl Child
Ishmael Moalosi
as Bandaged Loner
Imelda Nagle Ryan
as Loner Leader's Mothe...
Anthony Moriarty
as 30 Year Old Waiter
Nancy Onu
as Hotel Receptionist
Matthew O'Brien
as Trapped Loner
Emma O'Shea
as Nosebleed Woman's Be...
Sandra Mason
as Arrested Town Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Lobster

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (36)

Lanthimos doesn't deliver all the way, but he sticks his landing mightily and whets appetites for whatever he decides to do next.

Full Review… | May 27, 2016
Detroit News
Top Critic

If you're open to embracing a film that declines to pander to expectations, you should definitely make a date with "The Lobster."

Full Review… | May 27, 2016
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Lanthimos forgoes easy sentiments about the transformative power of love; this may turn off some viewers, but there's a certain liberation and even some relief in knowing that societal pressure to settle down can be just as cruel as loneliness.

Full Review… | May 26, 2016
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Highly original and mordantly funny. Perfect for fans of Franz Kafka, Charlie Kaufman and other bleak surrealists.

Full Review… | May 26, 2016
Top Critic

Lanthimos's unsettling tour de force reminds us of how chained to coupledom dignity remains at both the private and public level.

Full Review… | May 26, 2016
Top Critic

The Lobster is what would happen if Wes Anderson set about doing Franz Kafka, with a hefty dash of George Orwell thrown into the mix: surreal, comic, sad, strange, beautiful, sublime.

Full Review… | May 25, 2016
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Lobster


Truly original film, though 1984's fingerprints are all over it; great understated performance by Colin Farrell, though almost too understated in places.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Abstract and tastefully made, "The Lobster" represents everything there is to love about the world of cinema. At it's core, it is simply about a man (in a near future) who loses his loved one and is sent to a hotel where he must try to find love once again within the first 45 days, or he will be forced to turn into an animal of his choosing. The film builds and builds from there, expanding this drab universe until your brain explodes with editing and visual delight, but if that basic premise turns you off from the start and you can not see yourself mildly enjoying a bizarre concept, this film is definitely not for you. I will not beat around the bush. This is a true film lover's picture with deep messages and thought-provoking story elements. Still with me? Okay, then my love rant begins here.

From the second this film began, I was sucked into this world, laughing hysterically at it's dark comedic tone, while still being dramatically invested in these characters. This film is both meant to be taken and not taken seriously the entire way through. This can be jarring at first, but the tone remains consistent. Colin Farrell, along with Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, and John C. Reilly to name a few, are all incredibly believable playing these offbeat characters who are all troubled for different reasons. Friendships, hate-ships, and love-ships are all explored throughout this picture, and they even delve into the fact that most marriages hinge on their kids to keep them happy.

There are so many undertones here to think about that I need to watch this film over and over again to catch them all. To some, this will be a very strange experience, but I was able to buy into everyones chemistry and I ended up forgetting I was even watching a film. The score was very reminiscent of a Stanley Kubrick classic, the direction is handled with intense curiosity, the cinematography was beautiful to look at, and the editing was so pin-point-perfect, that I found myself following the film as if my eyes were doing the cutting themselves. I loved every bit of this film. Would I recommend it? If you have the ability of opening your mind in a big way or if you are a huge film fan like myself, then absolutely! The average filmgoer will be turned off in an instant once they sense where it is going. This is a film that takes chances and risks in every scene, and I loved every second of it.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

I seem to be in the minority here, but I hated it.
Yes, it's highly original, and I'm sure it's very clever, but it just left me cold and not caring about any of the characters.
I just couldn't see why some of the decisions were made, such as choosing the cold heartless bitch over the biscuit lady. The animal cruelty and the sadistic crap here. I really didn't like It.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

The Lobster Quotes

Hotel Manager: Tomorrow, they'll be transferred to a double room, with a larger wardrobe and a larger bathroom. They will remain in the double room for two weeks, then they'll be transferred to the yachts for a further two weeks. We wish you every success and we hope that you will return to the city as a couple.
The Limping Man: I'm very happy.
Nosebleed Woman: Me too.
– Submitted by Pete M (2 months ago)

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