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The Lobster

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Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece

2015

Rated R • 1h 58m

Director Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw

Genre Thriller, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction

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In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Jamie Bitz Profile picture for Jamie Bitz

In typical A24 fashion, you may walk away from this film unsure of what you have just witnessed. Filled with deadpan humor and morbid absurdity, The Lobster protests society's ideal for relationships. Although the film isn't for everyone, if you're found of the style, you'll leave with a new perspective on how we as a society treat love and loneliness.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

80

Screen International by

It may be based on universal human anxieties about love, relationships, compatibility and loneliness, but Filippou’s script takes on a defiant, prickly life of its own, refusing to play as an easy allegory.
60

Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

Yes, The Lobster is arch: this is cinema in quotemarks, tongue-in-cheek storytelling that uses absurdity to hold a mirror to how we live and love. At its best, it has incisive things to say about how we shape ourselves and others just to banish the fear of being alone, unloved and friendless.
91

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Though at times almost too peculiar for its own good, The Lobster brings Lanthimos' distinct blend of morbid, deadpan humor and surrealism to a broader canvas without compromising his ability to deliver another thematically rich provocation.
83

Hitfix by Gregory Ellwood

Lanthimos presents a fully formed original vision that hits a perfect tone even when the narrative begins to get away from him a bit.
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Variety by Guy Lodge

A wickedly funny protest against societal preference for nuclear coupledom that escalates, by its own sly logic, into a love story of profound tenderness and originality.
100

The Playlist by Oliver Lyttelton

In the end, all the strangeness adds up towards something genuinely significant: an atypically rich and substantial comedy that's stuffed with great scenes and performances even before you start to chew on its bigger questions.
60

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It’s an adventure which begins by being bizarre and hilarious but appears to run out of ideas at its mid-way point, and run out of interest in what had at first seemed to be its central comic image: humans turning into animals.
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The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Every frame has been composed with cerebral coolness, and the hotel and its surrounding forests are shot with a dream-like lucidity. I haven’t seen anything quite like it before, and I’m still not sure that I have even now. This is the kind of film you have to go back to and check it really happened.

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