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34,995 Ratings

A Clockwork Orange

Directed by Stanley Kubrick
United States, United Kingdom, 1971
Drama, Sci-Fi, Cult


In a dystopic future Britain, Beethoven-loving Alex heads the ‘Droogs’. A gang of proto-punks whose ultra-violent tendencies dictate their macabre nightly adventures in crime. When captured, Alex submits to equally torturous methods of psychological conditioning to earn back his freedom.

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A Clockwork Orange Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Burgess’s haunted memories and, at times, guilt, hung over the picture like some kind of Kubrickian bi-proxy (whose own family would be threatened because of the movie, according to Kubrick’s wife), mirroring why it’s so powerful and enduring, upsetting and exciting. Why it gives you a rush and slaps you down, and almost guiltily, lifts you back up – a brilliant, sexy, disgusting, funny, violent political satire that thrills and sickens.
December 17, 2016
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Surprised to discover that all the stuff I recalled with awe is in the first 20 minutes; so what happens in the other 120? Not a lot, it turns out, the final hour – after Alex is released – being especially dreary, and not even totally convincing thematically. Still a very striking texture, which explains why it’s hard to shake; but there’s not much beneath the flashy trappings.
August 22, 2015
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If Dr. Strangelove is Stanley Kubrick on Mad Magazine, Clockwork is Stanley Kubrick on Zap! Comix, or something like that… There’s so much here that’s dispiriting, puzzling; there’s an amazing amount of bravura, too-bravura, filmmaking done in the service of a vision so narrow and monochromatic that it’s almost…hell, I don’t know what it is.
January 10, 2015
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