The Lobster Reviews

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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.
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.
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?
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.
May 12, 2016
This movie is crazypants, but, man, it is my kind of crazy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 18, 2015
A brilliantly funny horror film about dating.
October 15, 2015
Appreciation for the sheer conceptual confidence of the film gathers momentum once you think back over it.
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