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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. 80
    For all of their vaunted (and, it turns out, false) fidelity to Nabokov, Lyne and Schiff have made a pretty, gauzy Lolita that replaces the book's cruelty and comedy with manufactured lyricism and mopey romanticism.
  2. 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.
  3. Vladimir Nabokov's novel helped open society's eyes to the evils of pedophilia in the 1950s, and this pensive adaptation renews the warning for a later generation.
  4. 50
    All movie adaptations of Nabokov fall short, by definition, but this one is the most graceful failure so far.
  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. 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.
  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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