A most unusual -- and disorienting -- movie experience.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
A painless, bloodless, and ultimately pointless futuristic fantasy.
Andrew Sarris - Village Voice
At once [Kubrick's] most thematically problematic film and his most unforgettably sensational.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
A Clockwork Orange is an ideological mess, a paranoid right-wing fantasy masquerading as an Orwellian warning.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Gene Siskel - Chicago Tribune
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.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
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.
A.D. Murphy - Variety
It demands thought, compels the attention, and refuses to be dismissed.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A merciless, demoniac satire in the future imperfect.
Dean Essner - TIME Magazine
A violent meditation on violence. Not for kids.
Afsheen Nomai - Common Sense Media
The rare film that hits you in the head and stomach simultaneously.
Jason Newman - Bullz-Eye.com
[VIDEO ESSAY] There's Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange," and then there's everything else.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The music made me do it
S. James Wegg - JWR
Producer-director Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel is a strangely overwhelming experience %u2013 at time contemptible, and yet always valid in its sardonic outlook.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
Ambitious and stylized (perhaps to a fault), Kubrick's poignantly prophetic satire of crime and punishment, redemption and free will, is still much misunderstood by critics emphasizing its ultra-violence.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Spectacular, operatic, colorful, and exquisitely photographed.
Jeremiah Kipp - Slant Magazine
All of Kubricks films have generated controversy, but this one engendered outright hostility.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Directed with assurance and filled with the cynicism, paranoia, visual flair (and lurid titillation) that characterised so much of his work, this is vintage Kubrick and classic cinema.
Dean Essner - Film4
Remains as unsettling and shocking today as the day it was released.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Who else but Stanley Kubrick could successfully direct an ultra-stylish, sci-fi cult film about the impossibility of redemption in the absence of freely willed sin?
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
A sexless, inhuman film, whose power derives from a ruthless subordination of its content to the demands of telling a good story.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Ice cold, indecent, and way too obvious to be in any way deep.
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
May be Kubrick's greatest film, for its lasting influence and social significance.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
It's a very dark message, but maybe that's why the film caught on as a video cult item in the 80s.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Technically, the film is a marvel. It's easily Kubrick's best and boldest work.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
A tight-fitting example of a neo-classic.
Greg Muskewitz - eFilmCritic.com
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
So, was it worth the wait? Definitely.
Sarah Hall - ViewLondon
A disturbing yet thought-provoking masterpiece.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
"A Clockwork Orange" is on of Kubrick's best and a marvelous adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Jarring, uncomfortable, surprisingly moving and ultimately unforgettable.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
one of Kubrick's masterpieces, a film will continue to strike chords and rattle nerves for years to come
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
It is one of the most memorable British films ever made, and one that is still valid, entertaining (in its own way) and peppered with many extraordinary scenes.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
A good movie, but a completely misunderstood one.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
One of the most thought-provoking films ever to be made.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A Clockwork Orange (1971) is producer/ director/ screenwriter Stanley Kubrick's randomly ultra-violent, over-indulgent, graphic film
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
It may not make for escapist viewing but cannot be missed by serious filmgoers.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
A visual joyride, something that is terrifyingly pertinent in an eerie sort of way.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A brilliant, darkly poetic work that is able to both enrapture and disgust.
James Brundage - Filmcritic.com
Made in 1971, based on a novel from 1962, A Clockwork Orange resonates across the years.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
A chilling classic.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Although you feel you must look away and catch your breath, your eyes are glued to the screen.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Real horrorshow, that.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide