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Lolita

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United Kingdom, USA

1962

2h 34m

Director Stanley Kubrick

Starring James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Gary Cockrell

Genre Crime, Drama, Romance

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When middle-aged college professor Humbert leaves Europe for America, he rents a room from desperate widow Charlotte. He becomes obsessed with her 14-year-old daughter Dolores, nicknamed “Lolita.” Humbert schemes to be near Lolita, but it turns out that her mother is not all that stands in his way…

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Variety by

Vladimir Nabokov's witty, grotesque novel is, in its film version, like a bee from which the stinger has been removed. It still buzzes with a sort of promising irreverence, but it lacks the power to shock and, eventually, makes very little point either as comedy or satire.
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Village Voice by Andrew Sarris

Kubrick goes through the motions with a hula hoop and the munching of potato chips, but there is nothing intuitive or abandoned about the man-nymphet relationship. The Director's heart is apparently elsewhere. [05 Jul 1962, p.11]
75

Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

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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