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


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4 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.

    • Rachelle says:

      The very point of this review — Ebert’s and my own blasphemous admiration of it — is to point out that the movie DOESN’T succeed in presenting that satire. The “point” of Clockwork Orange may not be to glorify the violence, and yet it does so anyway. I’ve spent a good portion of my life surrounded by film junkies who love to love this movie because seeing Kubrick at his most misanthropic makes them feel smart, but when he’s overly stylish like this, the satire is buried under its own lack of target. So it’s nice to read that one of the most well-respected film critics of all time agrees with this underrepresented take.

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