A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 19, 1971
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Disturbing and thought-provoking, A Clockwork Orange is a cold, dystopian nightmare with a very dark sense of humor.

New York Daily News

A mind shattering experience with its exaggerated violence and outrageous vulgarity.

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TIME Magazine

A merciless, demoniac satire in the future imperfect.

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Lucero Solórzano
Excelsior

Individual and group violence in the present day, keep this film relevant and full of wisdom. [Full review in Spanish]

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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice

A painless, bloodless, and ultimately pointless futuristic fantasy.

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A.D. Murphy
Variety

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.

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Derek Malcolm
Guardian

If pride of place must go to A Clockwork Orange, it is because this chilling and mesmeric adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel could well become one of the seminal movies of the seventies.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard

What our nightmares have accustomed us to see in dreams, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange shows us in broad daylight. It is one of the most unsettling films in the whole of cinema.

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Eric Alvarez
Classic, I know....but I was skeptical going into this especially after hearing how it was a great movie while being different and "weird" at the same… More
Eugene Bernabe
Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Anthony Burgess' novella lives up to the term "controversial". Violent, explicit & troubling to say the… More
Daniel Lermenator
A Clockwork Orange is a strange and disturbing film, but its performances and themes make it a very memorable and cerebral movie.
Daniel Mumby
Picking Stanley Kubrick's greatest film is like trying to choose between a series of perfectly formed diamonds. Every time you revisit one of his films, in… More
Paulo Gabuat
Often brutal and inhuman, A Clockwork Orange is a powerful entry in the dystopian film genre. Its use of humor is both disturbing yet enticing, and as it may be… More