By Stanley Kubrick

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1962-06-13
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 2h 33min
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Production Company: Pathé
  • Production Country: France, United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 4.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 1,681 Ratings


Oscar-winning filmmaker Stanley Kubrick ("A Clockwork Orange," "The Shining," "2001: A Space Odyssey") directs this dark, comedic adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's classic novel about a middle-aged university professor who becomes so infatuated with a 14-year-old girl that he marries her mother in order to stay close to her. Starring Oscar-nominee James Mason ("North by Northwest") as smitten professor Humbert Humbert, Oscar-winner Shelly Winters ("The Poseidon Adventure," "A Place in the Sun") as Lolita's vulnerable mother, Oscar-nominee Peter Sellers ("The Pink Panther," "Being There") as a degenerate playwright whose attraction to Lolita fuels a fatal rivalry, and sultry Sue Lyon ("The Night of the Iguana") as the sexually precocious Lolita. Nabokov received an Oscar nomination for his outstanding screenplay.




  • Good

    By GlennBond
    I liked this version. Finally saw it. I felt though that Mason is miscast. I liked Jeremy Irons much more in the 1997 version. Then…..I liked Sue Lyons though better in this version. More attractive. Better actress too. So I think each version has its ups and downs. Jeremy Irons just does a great job at playing an older man being played on by a young woman! Take a look at his other film, Damage. Which I really liked. You’ll see what I mean.
  • Great book

    By SUFI
    The remake of L is better than this.
  • Lolita

    By IrishPirQueen
    The book was utter trash. Nabokov had no redeeming social import. See the movie which was much better. Shelly Winters was awesome– a most talented actress!
  • A Great piece of Work

    By racerhomie
    Saw it last year.Then I saw it 3 more times. Something in the way the movie was presented, was intriguing to me. Maybe it was the restrictions, or the lovely characters in the Movie. A Great watch in my opinion.
  • Fantastic!!

    By AquaBass
    I am a huge Kubrick fan, and this did not let me down. There is a newer remake of this movie Lolita, but does not even begin to match Kubrick's dark comedy, and strange twists. This movie really brought you in emotionally, and than spit you out as just a matter of fact that you mattered not. He made me look into my past in my past relationships and let me think was I still living in a fantasy of something that was long gone and not real? It is a shame and heart wrenching that the older man could not see the same before his emotionally, horrid mistake. Peter Sellers is a gem in this movie and make it. All the characters were well casted. A movie that will leave you haunted about human relationships and what they really mean.
  • agree with skazachkova

    By kamcdon
    Why is Vladimir Nabokov's name spelled incorrectly _twice_ in this review? Ridiculous. The film is definitely not the Lolita of the novel, but worthwhile for Sellers' performance alone.
  • Kubrick overcomes 60

    By Franny's Zooey
    What Kubrick has given us isn't the novel Lolita painfully, faithfully adapted to the screen. Instead, what he gives us is the essence of Lolita, captured perfectly in the time frame of the swinging 60's (or rather, the beginning of it). Obviously, due to some of the language and actions of the book, there was a lot Kubrick could not include, and so a lot is left as sexual innuendo. But what innuendos! They are done smartly, with just a slight wink, and really give the film its flavor. What most people forget about the novel is that while it is passionately romantic, it is also bitingly funny. Kubrick gets that down to a T. The film is quite hysterical and has a certain sexual innocence to it that keeps itself from getting vulgar, drab or dull (something that the 90's remake is all of). If you need a visual to apply all of this to, consider this: just watch the opening credits. It's the exact tone of the movie: simple, classy, a little sexy, a little naughty, and intriguingly funny. Also, I defy you to watch this film and not get the movie's theme ("Lolita-Ya Ya") out of your head. It's impossibly catchy.
  • Song

    By Ch-ch-ch-charles
    No review is complete with out the mention of tge hit Police song Don't Stand So Close which is based off tge book
  • Good, but not the book.

    By bunnyharris
    This is a great movie, but does not correspond whatsoever to Lolita, the masterpiece of Vladimir Nabokov. If you're looking for a fun movie, this is fine, but don't expect the book.
  • Classic Movie, Terrible Adaption

    By holdtheghost
    While I personally liked this film more than the 1997 version, I have to point out the flaws and bonuses of both. FirstL after many years of begging by a lot of people, iTunes has given us this film to buy. Good job, iTunes. Secondly, the acting in this film is subpar, with Mason perfectly cast as Humbert Humbert and Shelley Winters an enjoyable Charlotte. Sue Lyon, despite appearing older than her character, gives a deft and knowing performance. Sellers is a knockout, both sleazy and hilarious at the same time. However, this is Kubrick's Lolita, and there are quite a few changes done to the story. While this film is a trenchant black comedy that is more accessible than its dark remake, the remake with Irons and Dominique Swain better captures the flavor and events of the novel. If you're interested in this deliciously lurid story and are not familiar with it, start here. If you are a seasoned Nabokov reader and want to see a more faithful adaption, seek out the Adrian Lyne version at Blockbuster. BTW- iTunes! You keep taking off great movies, and never add the ones I want! Not to mention you delete half of my reviews! Seriously, if you are reading this, add Waterloo Bridge (1940) and Letter From an Unknown Woman! I (and others, I'm sure) will thank you!