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The Lobster Reviews

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April 11, 2019
Clever premise but frustrating execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 13, 2017
The trouble lies in the film's noncommittal tone, which too often deviates from Lanthimos' reliable deadpan. Set against the earlier films' prickliness, The Lobster seems oddly ingratiating.
February 6, 2017
The Lobster just loses its charm at a certain point, and nothing interesting or exciting happens with the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
May 11, 2016
[The film] grandiosely aims to be a dark comedy reflection of our rigid world, but it is so dark that nothing can be truly gleaned beyond its own satisfied cleverness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 20, 2016
By the 60-minute mark Lathimos' bag of tricks is empty, kickstarting a long slide into tedium that sinks a project that should have sung.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 3, 2016
It raises more questions than it answers during its fairly tedious and ultimately rather pointless two-hour run.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 28, 2016
Alas, the movie loses its assurance in the over-extended second half.
May 25, 2016
Interesting concept, but this vision of the future mostly involves Farrell, John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz and the rest of cast lurching through their lines in a dull, passionless monotone.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 27, 2015
The near-surgical precision with which Yorgos Lanthimos approaches the most surreal of conceits turns out to be a double-edged sword.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 22, 2018
Despite its singular qualities and unnerving tenor, The Lobster,... fails to inspire critique beyond such surface level targets. In a world this muted and carefully subjugated, there's very little room for life's little mysteries to take root.
September 26, 2017
While the first half is full of flavour, the second is unappetisingly bland.
May 19, 2016
While it starts out as a sharp satire on the horrors of dating, The Lobster stretches so far into absurdity that its various eccentricities overshadow the point it's trying to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 19, 2016
Whatever its merits or intellectual pretensions, I am looking forward to never seeing it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 16, 2015
All so weird, intriguing and occasionally amusing. Unfortunately, director Yorgos Lanthimos tries to claw out too many ideas leading The Lobster to drift and go off the boil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 1, 2018
Yorgos Lanthimos's new film is vague and complicated, putting its international all-star cast in situations that portend great metaphoric meaning but end up comparing nosebleeds with blindness.
May 29, 2016
What animal would director Lanthimos pick to be changed into? Would it be The Skunk?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
June 2, 2016
I have an appreciation for absurdist fare, but The Lobster is an overcooked comedy that loses steam about halfway through the experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 30, 2015
An overlong mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 10, 2016
Its characters are merely single defining characteristics rather than real people; they have nothing, and hence nothing to lose. And as for wit -- without that, satire is just meanness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 11, 2016
[CANNES 2015] This lobster is a dog.
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