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Lolita Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 28, 2014
An epically misbegotten, misguided adaptation...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 3, 2014
As a Kubrick film... virtually everything it does well was done better in his filmography.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Simon Miraudo
July 2, 2012
"How did they ever make a movie of Lolita?" With great difficulty!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Classic love story not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 20, 2009
While Kubrick may have likened himself to an ad-libbing thief of arts in 1962, his current persona seems the epitome of [Humbert] Humbert.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 8, 2008
Far too subtle in its sexual intentions to reach what the novel was after.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jon Fortgang
October 3, 2007
Lolita, with its acute mix of pathos and comedy, and Mason's mellifluous delivery of Nabokov's sparkling lines, remains the definitive depiction of tragic transgression.

TV Guide
May 8, 2007
A fascinating if problematic early film from Stanley Kubrick, perhaps the most obsessive of the great auteurs of the 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 8, 2007
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 16, 2006
Kubrick keeps the elegant black-and-white film big and luxurious and barren and sustains the cold humor.
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Far more satisfying than his later works (one hesitates to call them mere movies).
Dan Fienberg
November 10, 2005
A wonderful evocation of the book's humorous aspects, but -- censors be darned -- very little of its passion and sexuality.
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 22, 2005
Considering censorship issues in 1962 and the fact that Peter Sellers is miscast, Kubrick's version does justice to Nabokov's provocative novel, benefiting immensely from James Mason's towering performance in the lead.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Steve Crum
June 25, 2005
Classic Kubrick treatment of controversial best seller.
| Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 4, 2004
Mason and Sellers (as Quilty) are standouts, but the film is too long by half, with much of the novel's sly eroticism excised.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 16, 2004
Fascinating pitch-black comedy with many memorable moments
| Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 12, 2004
Creepy and blackly funny.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
March 16, 2004
The centre does not hold
| Original Score: 78/100
Victoria Alexander
October 1, 2003
Brilliant and provocative.
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Mckay
March 17, 2003
While it doesn't quite rate the five-star status that some of Kubrick's later films attained, LOLITA is a definite must-have for the Kubrick collector
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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