A Clockwork Orange

Lists: Drama, Sci-Fi, AFI 100 (2007), Best Picture nominee 1970 to 1979, Classics, Sight And Sound Critics Top 250

Brief Synopsis: "The head of a gang of toughs, in an insensitive futuristic society, is conditioned to become physically ill at sex and violence during a prison sentence. When he is released, he's brutally beaten by all of his old adversaries."

Overall Ranking: 733 (Rank from 1971: # 4)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 69.57%
Regular 17.39%
Half-Popped 4.35%
Stale 4.35%
Burnt 4.35%


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Paul B100
Thomas Pollock100
Josh of Classicblanca100
Andrew Buckle of The Film Emporium97(full review)
David Baruffi97(full review)
Rich Alejandro95 - It's only boring if you don't get the themes in it. Drug use, conglomerations of people and languages, mind control, conformity. And you'll never look at "Singing in the Rain" the same way again.
Jeremy M95 - I'm a sucker for a bit of the ole' ultraviolence.
Jester Smiles95 - One of the best, most disturbing movies around, with a really great perspective on behavioral psychology.
Sir M Hayes XIV90 - one of my favorites. trippy great social commentary... Great book too, but a little hard to read the first 2 chapters cuz of the language they speak
Cirque du Cinema90(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest85
Darren of Movie Reviews 10185
Alex Robinson85
CinemaVisitor Erik85
Drezzy85 - I think it's an excellent display of violence and the themes of youthful rebellion gone too far and how some people can't truly be "cured" of their ill will and government fuckery, but, with all of Kubrick's works, there are parts that, while beautiful (even in a grotesque form), are sometimes boring as sin.
Chris Turner85 - Brilliant acting by Malcom McDowell, but a bit boring
Dave Examines Movies82
Patrick Devitt80
Bryan Lienesch78 - It's cookiness aside, Stanley Kubrick's futuristic allegory raises some interesting questions.
Gorgon Reviews65.6
Ben Lane40(full review)
Jim Carrier38
Chris of This Is Madness25 - My ratings are on a five point scale, translated as such: 1 - Abysmal, 25 - Bad, 50 - Mediocre, 75 - Good, 100 - Great
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People Involved

  • Malcolm McDowell (Alexander de Large)
  • Patrick Magee (Mr. Alexander)
  • Adrienne Corri (Mrs. Alexander)
  • Michael Bates (Chief Guard)
  • Warren Clarke (Dim)
  • James Marcus (Georgie)
  • Michael Tarn (Pete)
  • Carl Duering (Dr. Brodsky)
  • Paul Farrell (Tramp)
  • Miriam Karlin (Catlady)
  • Sheila Raynor (Mum)
  • Aubrey Morris (Mr. P. R. Deltoid)
  • Godfrey Quigley (Prison Chaplain)
  • Clive Francis (Lodger)
  • Richard Connaught (Billy Boy (gang leader))
  • Pauline Taylor (Psychiatrist)
  • Philip Stone (Dad)
  • Stanley Kubrick (Director)
  • Stanley Kubrick (Director)
  • Stanley Kubrick (Director)

  • Included in Achievement Trios...

  • Kubrick and Abnormal Sexuality