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  • Summary: Irons plays Humbert Humbert, the professor who can not control his physical desires for 12 year-old Dolores Haze (Swain) in yet another adaptation of Nabokov's classic novel.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    80
    Lyne's efforts to be both passionate and artistic are generally successful, although a few sex scenes are disturbing and arguably close to salacious.
  2. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    80
    The film's master stroke is its understanding that this is Humbert's story, told in his own lyrical voice, from his own passionate, sad, tortured perspective.
  3. 75
    In many ways, the concept underlying Lolita is more provocative than the actual material, which tends to be a bit long-winded. This is more the fault of the book than of Lyne's approach.
  4. Though Adrian Lyne's clodhopper direction, underlined by a mushy Ennio Morricone score, predictably runs the gamut from soft-core porn in the manner of David Hamilton to hectoring close-ups, this is perhaps Lyne's best movie after Jacob's Ladder--a genuinely disturbing (if far from literary) adaptation of Nabokov's extraordinary novel, written by former journalist Stephen Schiff and starring, predictably, Jeremy Irons.
  5. However, Lyne (whose sexually exploitative works include such popular box-office fare as "Flashdance," "9 1/2 Weeks," "Fatal Attraction," and "Indecent Proposal") has turned in a Lolita that is remarkably tame and tasteful. This is a Lolita for the English Lit crowd rather than the raincoat crowd.
  6. Except for a memorably haunted performance by Jeremy Irons as the conflicted Humbert Humbert, what the new version lacks most of all is inspiration.
  7. 0
    Irons' doleful lassitude sucks the energy right out of the story and makes this listlessly directed adaptation droop all the more.

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