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7,860 Ratings


Directed by Stanley Kubrick
United States, United Kingdom, 1962
Drama, Romance


Based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita is the tale of a middle-aged college professor who becomes infatuated with a 14-year-old nymphet.

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Lolita Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1963 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium



What Lolita needed more than anything else was a director in tune with Nabokov’s delirious approach to his subject. We are never shown the inspiringly unconscious gestures and movements that transform the most emotionally impoverished nymphet into a creature of fantasy and desire. 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.
July 05, 1962
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Lolita led one to expect the worst. Surprise: it is a simple, lucid film, precisely written, which reveals America and American sex better than either Melville or Reichenbach, and proves that Kubrick need not abandon the cinema provided he films characters who exist instead of ideas which exist only in the bottom drawers of old scriptwriters who believe that the cinema is the seventh art.
December 01, 1963
Lolita is a Master Class in energetic direction: especially in everything to do with the concerted, integrated action of framing, staging, camera movement, costume, objects/props, and the postures and gestures of (brilliantly inventive) actors.
August 27, 2015
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