The Lobster Reviews

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September 26, 2017
The best parts of The Lobster made me laugh more than any movie in recent memory.
June 1, 2016
The Lobster argues that the kind of pressure society places on us to find a soulmate can lead to reckless choices. But the movie gives the alternative - people who are happy being single - the same radical treatment.
May 27, 2016
Lanthimos doesn't deliver all the way, but he sticks his landing mightily and whets appetites for whatever he decides to do next.
May 27, 2016
If you're open to embracing a film that declines to pander to expectations, you should definitely make a date with "The Lobster."
May 26, 2016
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.
May 26, 2016
Highly original and mordantly funny. Perfect for fans of Franz Kafka, Charlie Kaufman and other bleak surrealists.
May 26, 2016
Lanthimos's unsettling tour de force reminds us of how chained to coupledom dignity remains at both the private and public level.
May 25, 2016
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.
May 20, 2016
Farrell absolutely kills it as David. Weisz gives one of her best performances since her Oscar-winning turn in The Constant Gardener.
May 20, 2016
[Lanthimos'] commitment to his high-concept tragicomedies is extraordinary.
May 19, 2016
Lanthimos works the premise assiduously, especially after the Farrell character escapes and joins a band of rebel singles in the woods, and though the story slows to a crawl near the end, the poker-faced dramatization of a warped world is compelling.
May 19, 2016
It takes a touch of audacity and madness to make a film like this, a screwball, absurdist tragedy that might be a little too long and contrived for some viewers' taste.
May 19, 2016
The movie is worthwhile, thanks to a marriage of peculiar humor and thought-provoking content.
May 19, 2016
Everyone's excellent in "The Lobster," and the suffocatingly bland settings brake just short of monumental claustrophobia.
May 19, 2016
People say this kind of thing all the time - I'm pretty sure I have a time or two - but "The Lobster" is unlike any movie you've ever seen.
May 19, 2016
If you can live with its blemishes, "The Lobster" is a bracing experience.
Top Critic
May 13, 2016
...it plays cleverly with the compatibility assumptions behind, say, singles groups and online dating sites.
May 13, 2016
Its tone of deadpan absurdism never really develops into anything truly subversive or visionary. It's a weirdo, sub-J.G. Ballard conceit: J.G. Ballard for Dummies.
May 13, 2016
A wild, sad, mordantly funny dystopia that gives sexual desperation the bad name it deserves.
May 13, 2016
While extremely funny, it is a bitter and ruthless film. Lanthimos plays target practice and his aim is deadly.
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