A Clockwork Orange
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Stanley Kubrick dissects the nature of violence in this darkly ironic, near-future satire, adapted from Anthony Burgess's novel, complete with "Nadsat" slang. Classical music-loving proto-punk Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on "a little of the old ultraviolence," such as terrorizing a writer, Mr. Alexander (Patrick Magee), and gang raping his wife (who later dies as a result). After Alex is jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady (Miriam Karlin) to death with one of her phallic… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"A painless, bloodless, and ultimately pointless futuristic fantasy."
‑ Andrew Sarris, Village Voice
"Stanley Kubrick's latest film takes the heavy realities of the 'do-your-thing' and 'law-and-order' syndromes, runs them through a cinematic centrifuge, and spews forth the commingled comic horrors of a regulated society."
‑ A.D. Murphy, Variety
"A film chiefly about making us watch terrible things and recognising that we have made the choice to watch them. It's a dirty trick to play on a viewer, but a fair one."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"[VIDEO ESSAY] There's Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange," and then there's everything else."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Ambitious and stylized (perhaps to a fault), Kubrick's poignantly prophetic satire of crime and punishment, redemption and free will, is still much misunderstood by critics emphasizing its ultra-violence."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Kubrick's contributions are his wit and his eye. The wit, too much at times, is as biting as in Dr. Strangelove, and the production, while of another order, is as spectacular as in 2001."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"A very bad film -- snide, barely competent, and overdrawn -- that enjoys a perennial popularity, perhaps because its confused moral position appeals to the secret Nietzscheans within us."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A violent meditation on violence. Not for kids."
‑ Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media
"The music made me do it"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Spectacular, operatic, colorful, and exquisitely photographed."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"A merciless, demoniac satire in the future imperfect."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"A sexless, inhuman film, whose power derives from a ruthless subordination of its content to the demands of telling a good story."
‑ , Time Out
"The rare film that hits you in the head and stomach simultaneously."
‑ Jason Newman, Bullz-Eye.com
"Producer-director Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel is a strangely overwhelming experience %u2013 at time contemptible, and yet always valid in its sardonic outlook."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"All of Kubricks films have generated controversy, but this one engendered outright hostility."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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