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as Prof. Humbert Humbert
as Clare Quilty
as Charlotte Haze
as Vivian Darkbloom
as Jean Farlow
as John Farlow
as Mona Farlow
as Mrs. Starch
as Hospital Attendant
as Nurse Mary Lore
as Haze Maid
as Hotel Receptionist
as Miss Lebone
as Beale Senior
Critic Reviews for Lolita
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.
Far more satisfying than his later works (one hesitates to call them mere movies).
The picture has a rare power, a garbled but often moving push toward an off-beat communication.
As a Kubrick film... virtually everything it does well was done better in his filmography.
Audience Reviews for Lolita
The fact that Nabokov's perverse and sensual masterpiece got adapted was a remarkable achievement, considering its polemic subject and the year the film was released, and Kubrick was a genius turn it into a subtle story that implies more than it shows while still remaining true to the novel.
Kubrick at the top of his game with an all star team behind him delivers nothing less than quality in this Nabakov tale that skewers Americans and their tightly held preconceptions at every turn, nearly in every frame. James Mason is wunderbar and understated, but by no means all that the effort has to offer.
Stanley Kubrick's Lolita is a very good film, but it is far from his best work. The film is well crafted, but Kubrick would steadily mature as a filmmaker, and Lolita is one of his films that tends to really broaded his scope and he is able to pull something quite interested. However, the idea here is quite simple, and Kubrick is a filmmaker that was always known for epic pictures, however Lolita tackles a taboo subject, and in doing so, he manages to break new ground in filmmaking, however at the same time it's not a standout work either. I really wanted to enjoy it, and somewhat did, however, it's not his best work. I guess here, the film worked more as an experiment for Stanley Kubrick, of which each film he made tended to be big, bold and risky, which was the case with all his films. Yet, they always were entertaining, brilliantly acted and uniquely directed. Lolita is good, but it's my least favorite of Kubrick's works. I'm not saying the film is awful, far from it, but for many, it's hard to get into, and to walk away from that truly memorable Stanley Kubrick viewing experience. In his later work, he would definitely hone his craft, and deliver some of cinema's finest pictures. As a whole, Lolita is not a film to be seen by viewers who are new to Kubrick. The film works well, and it's engaging from start to finish. But like I said, it's not Kubrick's best, as he would constantly top himself with future films. Lolita is nonetheless essential viewing if you enjoy his work.
|Clare Quilty:||Say, what you take it away for, mister? That was getting kind of smutty there! [laughs]|
|Clare Quilty:||Say, what you take it away for, mister? That was getting kind of smutty there!|
|Humbert Humbert:||Do you have any last words?|
|Clare Quilty:||Listen, Mac. You're drunk, and I'm a sick man. This pistol-packing farce is becoming a sort of nuisance.|
|Humbert Humbert:||Do you want to die standing up or sitting down?|
|Clare Quilty:||I wanna die like a champion.|
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