A Clockwork Orange 1971

Critics score:
90 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune: Kubrick's contributions are his wit and his eye. The wit, too much at times, is as biting as in Dr. Strangelove, and the production, while of another order, is as spectacular as in 2001. Read more

Andrew Sarris, Village Voice: A painless, bloodless, and ultimately pointless futuristic fantasy. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: A very bad film -- snide, barely competent, and overdrawn -- that enjoys a perennial popularity, perhaps because its confused moral position appeals to the secret Nietzscheans within us. Read more

New York Daily News: A mind shattering experience with its exaggerated violence and outrageous vulgarity. Read more

Vincent Canby, New York Times: A most unusual -- and disorienting -- movie experience. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: It demands thought, compels the attention, and refuses to be dismissed. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A Clockwork Orange is an ideological mess, a paranoid right-wing fantasy masquerading as an Orwellian warning. Read more

TIME Magazine: A merciless, demoniac satire in the future imperfect. Read more

Time Out: A sexless, inhuman film, whose power derives from a ruthless subordination of its content to the demands of telling a good story. Read more

A.D. Murphy, Variety: Stanley Kubrick's latest film takes the heavy realities of the 'do-your-thing' and 'law-and-order' syndromes, runs them through a cinematic centrifuge, and spews forth the commingled comic horrors of a regulated society. Read more

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice: At once [Kubrick's] most thematically problematic film and his most unforgettably sensational. Read more