Roger Ebert Hates “A Clockwork Orange” And I Couldn’t Be Happier


Rachelle is a Writing, Literature, and Publishing grad from Emerson College. She loves the beach, but hates swimming (yes, that is a metaphor). She has written for The Daily Slice and is the co-host of Three Non Benders, an Avatar The Last Airbender podcast. You can find her on Twitter @rachellephant.

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3 Responses

  1. inga says:

    Thank you Rachelle for this article! I am a German film student and this movie is still glorified by our professors. Its masterpiece status makes it almost impossible to criticize its sexism.

    I share Roger Eberts point of view, that the movie just pretends to oppose the police state. It’s not necessary to stage the humiliation of women, to speak out against brainwashing. I just wonder: Would people, who defend this movie, still love it, when all women in it would be replaced by men?


    • Rachelle says:

      Inga — Thank you for your comment! That’s a good insight about replacing the women and men. I think it’s safe to say the reaction wouldn’t be the same.

  2. Alexandra says:

    I feel like your good faith in Ebert’s review is a bit naive, as is your swearing. The film is satirical of the state’s attempt to re-educate Alex’s psychopathic tendencies, when in reality, there is no cure for him, he is only ‘cured’ of being ‘cured’… and that’s the very point of this film, not to glorify the violence, but to show that man/men (or Alex and his droogs) is not a noble savage, capable of a fundamental change, but an ignoble savage and society’s failure to come to grasp what to do with these individuals.

    The violence, the toxicity of this masculinity is an important point, without it, the film would have been pointless.

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