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Lolita (1997)



Critic Consensus: If it can't quite live up to Nabokov's words, Adrian Lyne's Lolita manages to find new emotional notes in this complicated story, thanks in large part to its solid performances.

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Humbert Humbert is a fine and distinguished gentleman, a citizen of the world, a lover of European culture, who teaches French literature in a small town in New England. And, in this year of 1947, he is looking for accomodation.

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Jeremy Irons
as Humbert Humbert
Melanie Griffith
as Charlotte Haze
Frank Langella
as Clare Quilty
Suzanne Shepherd
as Miss Pratt
Keith Reddin
as Reverend Rigger
Joan Glover
as Miss LeBone
Ed Grady
as Doctor Melnick
Michael Goodwin
as Mr. Beale
Angela Paton
as Mrs. Holmes
Ben Silverstone
as Young Humbert Humbert
Emma Griffiths Malin
as Annabel Leigh
Ronald Pickup
as Young Humbert's Father
Michael Culkin
as Mr. Leigh
Annabelle Apsion
as Mrs. Leigh
Don Brady
as Frank McCoo
Trip Hamilton
as Doctor Blue
Hallee Hirsh
as Little Girl Bunny Suit
Scot Brian Higgs
as Policeman at Accident
Mert Hatfield
as Policeman at Accident
Chris Jarman
as Policeman
Hudson Lee Long
as Elderly Clerk
Jim Grimshaw
as Policeman
Lenore Banks
as Nurse at Hospital
Dorothy Deavers
as Receptionist
Donnie Boswell Sr.
as Taxi Driver
Judy Duggan
as Solo Singer/Piano Player
Paula Davis
as Motel Clerk
Tim Gallin
as Hospital Orderly
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Critic Reviews for Lolita

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5)

How does Lyne's Lolita compare with Stanley Kubrick's, back in 1962? It's superior in balance.

February 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Shorn of Nabokov's language, as it must be, any film of Lolita, even one as adequately made as Lyne's, must seem somewhat gaunt.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Dominique Swain as Lolita is appropriately sulky and gawky, and she has a sudden, delayed smile which lights up the whole film whenever it appears.

August 17, 2018 | Full Review…

[VIDEO ESSAY] Although it is considered sacrilege in some circles to say it, Adrian Lyne's 1997 film version of Vladimir Nabokov's often banned 1954 novel is a vast improvement over Stanley Kubrick's beloved 1962 version.

July 5, 2015 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

...the performances hit the right notes...

May 10, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Irons is excellent, but the film is a real cold shower

December 19, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Lolita


Nabakov's insightful questioning of the values of modern Western culture are still wonderfully hidden in this take on his still discomforting tale about living your dream, about the myth of having it all. Excellent turns by the cast almost give one to forget the mischevious, indelicate way the subject is approached. The puzzle here is that Nabakov's ( and the original film's ) "you-know-I'm-joking, right, just-making-a-point?" wink at you is replaced by Lyne's decision to simply tell the tale straight, w/o any curves at all ... is that a good or a bad thing? Its certainly more terrifying.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I expected it to be much more disturbing, however since it was Lolita who started all their exploits it wasn't as creepy or perverted. Saying that, it was uncomfortable to watch at times especially with the great performances by Irons and Swain. The character of Lolita was very well done as she acted incredibly childish and immature for her age but then suddenly switched when she wanted something. She knew exactly what she was doing. I sort of felt sorry for Humbert as she was blatantly playing him and he fell for it because of his past. However, he still shouldn't have given in to his desires and they both got what they deserved in the end.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer


Where do I even start with this movie?! I seem to have fallen into a trap of late of watching movies that seem to have this child/adult love theme. I had the book for ages and never read it, resigning myself to watch the movie before hand (which is something I very rarely do) and I am happy I did because now I could not imagine the characters as anyone but those in movie. Jeremy Irons again perfection, his narrative in this film haunting and resonant even if there were moments when I wondered why the hell I was watching it! Kinda slow, but never dull.

Unknown Hobo
Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

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