For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
3.7
3,804 Ratings

The Lobster

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Greece, 2015
Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

Synopsis

A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what's now showing
The Lobster Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Original Screenplay

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2016 | 2 nominations including: Best Lead Actor

Golden Globes (USA)

2017 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

What are people saying?

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Lobster

    Lanthimos cements his reputation as a modern-master. His senses of space, timing, colour, composition, the effect that location has on a both character & audience, are continually inspired. First half is probably stronger than the second, but this is an imaginative, shocking & insightful work about the search for love & relationships in the 21st century & the nature of compromise & sacrifice that often comes with it.

  • Zach Closs's rating of the film The Lobster

    One of those films that sometimes feels vindictively abrasive; the strangeness of "The Lobster" is compelling and off-putting in equal measures. That being said, there's cunning deadpan humor, and an imaginative world. Frightening commentary on society's disturbingly paternal, overinvolved role in romantic relationships is eerily pertinent. A true original, if nothing else.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Lobster

    In an era when online dating has made courtship more like a job hunt, is The Lobster a prophesy, or just a bizarre enough concept to stand out? No matter—it's a Rorschach blot packed with style and ideas about the hell of loneliness vs. the hell of coupledom, about expectations that might squash otherwise satisfying human instincts. Fun sidenote: Colin Farrell's character is an architect...so many rom-coms have one.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film The Lobster

    What a mess. There's a kernel of something brilliant here, but the absurdity that supposedly speaks to postmodern angst feels superficial because of the rigid dialogue and stale emotions. The cinematic equivalent of saying "...you know what's wrong with kids these days?"

  • Brotherdeacon's rating of the film The Lobster

    3 & a half stars. A courageous attempt by Yorgos Lathimos in his multi-layered film's dissection of social demands toward traditional family lives while offering insights into hetero double-blind hypocrisy as well as our species' desire for companionship and the reality of dire loneliness--all this mixed into a substantial absurdist stew of heavily-spiced albeit intelligent vignettes.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film The Lobster

    The things we do for love. You'll claw your eyes out. Or will you? Lanthimos's debut in English is a dry as dust and arch as the ages wry-sci rom-fi whose conclusion almost (and maybe even actually) achieves a weirdly endearing, quasi-redeeming emotional lift-off of an eternally sunblind kind. Dourly hilarious and brutally on-the-nose, The Lobster cracked and choked me up. The bruised bafflement of its leads lingers.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film The Lobster

    Not only does Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos survive the transition to English-language cinema, he may have very well delivered his finest film yet with "The Lobster." The filmmaker's relentlessly bleak outlook is tempered somewhat by the droll humor, but much the reason it's hilarious is that - for all its sci-fi conceits - the world of "The Lobster" is disconcertingly close to our own. We laugh because it hurts.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Lobster

    Wonderful satirical vision from director Lanthimos co-written by Efthymis Filippou imagining a world where coupledom reigns and the true loner is eliminated from human society all together. Wonderfully perverse at times and perfectly cast with a mix of international actors. Best in show however would be regulars Ariane Labed (that dance!) and Angeliki Papoulia (the heartless woman). Farrell, Weisz and Winshaw great.