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The Lobster Reviews

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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 19, 2016
The movie is worthwhile, thanks to a marriage of peculiar humor and thought-provoking content.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 19, 2016
Everyone's excellent in "The Lobster," and the suffocatingly bland settings brake just short of monumental claustrophobia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 19, 2016
If you can live with its blemishes, "The Lobster" is a bracing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
May 13, 2016
...it plays cleverly with the compatibility assumptions behind, say, singles groups and online dating sites.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 12, 2016
"The Lobster" is very much its own brand of horror movie, as well as a deranged thought experiment, a stealth love story, and a witty dismantling of the usual barriers separating man from beast.
May 12, 2016
A boldly imaginative Kafka-esque parable, "The Lobster" is loaded with dazzling ideas that don't ultimately pull together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2016
Lanthimos's terrifically twisted satire takes us places most films fear to tread. The symbolism is humanized by a top-flight cast and an ending that manages to be brutal and rapturously romantic at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 12, 2016
In its own, surreal way, it says something about modern society. Who hasn't felt pressured by parents to pair off? Or by single friends to stay unattached?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 12, 2016
The Lobster is a droll piece of work lashed with grim humor. For every moment that makes you laugh, there may be another that leaves you with your mouth hanging open.
May 12, 2016
The existential rabbit-hole plot of The Lobster couldn't be more bonkers. The premise shouldn't work at all, but it does...and beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 12, 2016
This movie is crazypants, but, man, it is my kind of crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 12, 2016
Mr. Farrell, a habitual over-actor, is especially affecting because you can sense his effort to restrain himself. Rachel Weisz ... is perfectly cast as the only person in this world with the normal capacities for warmth, empathy and desire.
Top Critic
May 12, 2016
All of this could only have come from the warped imagination of Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, here making his singularly strange English-language debut.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
May 11, 2016
A cynical sci-fi comedy about life's most clichéd script: pair off or perish. That's been the formula since the first primeval fish, and every living thing since has been a sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 11, 2016
The Lobster is Lanthimos's first English-language film - Kinetta, Dogtooth, and Alps were all in his native Greek - but no aspect of his sensibility has been lost in translation.
May 9, 2016
"The Lobster" is more than a satire on the dating game. It digs deeper, needling at the status of our most tender emotions.
March 25, 2016
The Lobster is a brilliant piece of satire, but largely fails in an attempt to build its wicked wit into a more conventional romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2016
For this viewer the whole thing ran out of steam halfway through. A general flat affect, mirrored in visuals and performance, eventually stopped being funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2016
Bone-dry dystopian satire, with Lanthimos piling absurdity upon absurdity, results in a film that is by turns entertaining and baffling, but also fully in command of its crazy world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 10, 2015
The dry wit and pervasively odd sensibility of The Lobster make it very worth cozying up to.
October 26, 2015
There's a wealth of bleak comedy in all of this but, having carefully laid out his thesis, Lanthimos doesn't know where to take it or what he really thinks about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 21, 2015
It's certainly one of most original films of the year, although not one of the most consistent... Lanthimos and his co-writer Efthymis Filippou​ give us a fascinating set of questions, but they do not feel the need to answer them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 13, 2015
This is cinema in quotemarks, tongue-in-cheek storytelling that uses absurdity to hold a mirror to how we live and love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2015
Richly rewarding but often very disturbing.
Top Critic
July 20, 2015
Yorgos Lanthimos' first English-language feature is a wickedly funny, unexpectedly moving satire of couple-fixated society.
July 20, 2015
There ... dozens of astonishing and strange and funny moments of the sort that only Lanthimos can conjure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5