Lolita Reviews

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May 6, 2019
Lolita is a disappointment because we have a right to expect more from Kubrick (he may come through with his next, which I am told is to be a satirical treatment of the nuclear "defense" problem).
November 28, 2014
An epically misbegotten, misguided adaptation...
May 3, 2014
As a Kubrick film... virtually everything it does well was done better in his filmography.
July 2, 2012
"How did they ever make a movie of Lolita?" With great difficulty!
January 1, 2011
Classic love story not for kids.
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.
March 9, 2008
February 8, 2008
Far too subtle in its sexual intentions to reach what the novel was after.
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.
May 8, 2007
A fascinating if problematic early film from Stanley Kubrick, perhaps the most obsessive of the great auteurs of the 1960s.
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.
February 1, 2007
October 16, 2006
Kubrick keeps the elegant black-and-white film big and luxurious and barren and sustains the cold humor.
June 24, 2006
Far more satisfying than his later works (one hesitates to call them mere movies).
November 10, 2005
A wonderful evocation of the book's humorous aspects, but -- censors be darned -- very little of its passion and sexuality.
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.
June 25, 2005
Classic Kubrick treatment of controversial best seller.
February 1, 2005
January 8, 2005
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.
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