Lolita (1962)

"How did they make a movie out of Lolita?" teased the print ads of this Stanley Kubrick production. The answer: by adding three years to the title character's age. The original Vladimir Nabokov novel caused no end of scandal… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 13, 1962
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Where Nabokov was witty, Kubrick is sometimes merely snide, but fine performances (particularly from Peter Sellers, as the ominous Clare Quilty) cover most of the rough spots.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

An epically misbegotten, misguided adaptation...

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David Gurney
Common Sense Media

Classic love story not for kids.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Far more satisfying than his later works (one hesitates to call them mere movies).

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

As a Kubrick film... virtually everything it does well was done better in his filmography.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

While Kubrick may have likened himself to an ad-libbing thief of arts in 1962, his current persona seems the epitome of [Humbert] Humbert.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The picture has a rare power, a garbled but often moving push toward an off-beat communication.

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Simon Miraudo

"How did they ever make a movie of Lolita?" With great difficulty!

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Far too subtle in its sexual intentions to reach what the novel was after.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The fact that Nabokov's perverse and sensual masterpiece got adapted was a remarkable achievement, considering its polemic subject and the year the film… More
Graham Jones
It feels more tame than I would have expected but Mason's performance is brilliant.
Kevin M. Williams
Kubrick at the top of his game with an all star team behind him delivers nothing less than quality in this Nabakov tale that skewers Americans and their tightly… More
paul oh
Whatever Kubrick directs turns into classics! This is no exception with its amazing direction, acting, and score!
Alex roy
Stanley Kubrick's Lolita is a very good film, but it is far from his best work. The film is well crafted, but Kubrick would steadily mature as a filmmaker,… More
Jonathan Hutchings
Kubrick said in an interview after Lolita's release, "Had I known what I would've had to cut out, I probably wouldn't of made the… More