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Drama, Comedy






Stanley Kubrick


James Mason
Sue Lyon
Peter Sellers
Shelley Winters





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A professor moves to a small resort style town to begin writing more poetry when he meets a girl who is merely a teenager. He falls in love with caring for her as he controls as the various neighbors become suspicious.

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Moviehead 04/06/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Great story, very smart humor. It could be 4 stars but it is a bit old and makers were restricted

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Snoogans 11/21/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The changes Kubrick made, for the censorships at the time, have the story unable to reach the level of the novel, but the subtle nature of the character's relationship works well and there is an underlying black humor throughout the first half of the film. The second half is overlong and the conclusion loses some emotion because the finale was shown at the beginning. Though, I was so intrigued by the first half that I didn't mind the problems of the second so much.

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mitchellyoung 11/10/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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There are some good scenes in here - Lolita's first introduction, Mason's paranoid breakdown at the hospital, and any scene with the great Peter Sellers. I find the film to be long-winded and overly dramatic at times (lots of stage-like yelling and emoting that could have landed better if it had more highs and lows), but it's a tantalizing handling of a very controversial novel. I wouldn't count this as Kubrick's best, but it's probably the best anyone could have done with the written material.

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01/15/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Lolita (1962)

The first half of this movie seemed much too comical for me- especially after reading the book. I understand that Stanley Kubrick tried to make this a sort of black comedy but it was a little too surreal for my taste- turning the story of pedophilia into something light. I thought that the woman who played Charlotte Haze overacted at times which was kind of annoying but once she was out of the story the movie was much more enjoyable and interesting to me. Although Sue Lyon was great in this, I really think they should have cast a girl who looked a little younger to play Lolita since a most of the shock value is supposed to stem from her age. I can't remember if they mentioned it in the movie but in the original story she is supposed to be twelve when she first meets Humbert. Then again, m...

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07/09/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Awkward, but surprisingly watchable.

I find it hard to admit that I like the movie Lolita. Then again, who finds it easy to say: 'I love movies about pedophiles.'?

Stanley Kubrick was crazy. I had heard about things he did on set, OCD vibes he let off and made the actors redo takes for hours. But his most notorious act of all was choosing to adapt 'Lolita', a book centering around pedophilia. How did he manage to make it successful? My review right now:

For the restrictions at the time, I think they did a good job. You can definitely tell something is going on between Humbert and Lolita, but nothing is ever said explicitly. It's always mentioned as a question or referred to as 'you know what'.
As stupid as it may seem to have the movie filled with almost sensual references, it is pretty good anyway.
The characters ar...

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04/16/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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"I'm really sorry that I cheated so much. But I guess that's just the way things are." One of the most bizarre relationships onscreen much like Harold and Maude coupled with a unique start. Humbert Humbert searches for a teaching job and meets Charlotte Haze, who has an attractive daughter named Lolita. Sensational screenplay with lines: "Where does the time go by." "Don't forget me." "Every game has its rules." "Everything's changed." "Do you have to antagonize everybody." "The past is he past." So many laughable moments such as Hum relaxing with a drink in the tub after Charlotte's death, Lolita wanting to call her mother in the hospital and the collapsible bed sequence. The soundtrack plays a huge role in the film while the direction was fluid. Performances were believable to...

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