Parents' Guide to

A Clockwork Orange

By Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

A violent meditation on violence; graphic and disturbing.

Movie R 1971 137 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 53 parent reviews

age 18+


I am 62 years old. I saw Clockwork Orange near to the time when it came out in the 70’s with my older brothers. I found this site looking for reviews because I was curious to learn the truth behind the plot. I feel compelled to share with parents and caregivers that you need to know I still feel terrified at the thought of the movie. I didn’t understand the story. Watching it was tantamount to real torture. I have never gotten over the fear and confusion of the move. It’s like the Charlie Manson story. Don’t take your children. Why? Why terrify them? It’s grossly inappropriate. Stick to flowers and butterflies. Be their advocates, even at the movies because no one cares like you do. And on that note, nowadays you need to filter cartoon content too. Good luck folks.
age 14+

My favourite film of all time!

Clockwork meaning something machinery and mechanical, always ticking the same way, and orange being something natural, like the mind of this film’s protagonist, Alex DeLarge I’m about to go out and say it, I think this is a film anyone studying film should see, I think people tend to overreact to the violence in this film, although it is frequent, it’s almost never bloody and when it is, extremely brief, I watched this with my 14 year old son, so obviously I had to fast-forward a bunch of scenes, now although I don’t think the film is graphic in terms of violence, I’m not automatically excusing the severe nudity and rape. However, very little of the nudity is sexualized or meant to be perceived as arousing, And it’s just the human body, everyone sees it every day, and whenever I think it went a little too overboard I fast-forwarded it. If you do happen to take this my advice seriously, then you’ll want to tell your kids why this isn’t right, and that it’s just a movie, I think this film is suitable for ages 14 or older

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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A Clockwork Orange has earned the title of "cult classic," and rightfully so. This is the darkest of satires, exploring the deepest of themes: behavioral conditioning, crime and punishment, and the quote attributed to the anarchist Emma Goldman: "A society gets all the criminals it deserves." The end result also is a lampooning of youth culture as well as of those who espouse "law and order" at the expense of free will.

As the anti-hero Alec, Malcolm McDowell presents so much style and élan that the iconic stature of the character has only grown in the decades since the movie was released. It isn't for the squeamish, but, unlike so many films in which sex and violence are omnipresent, there are reasons behind the brutality and the gratuitousness. It is an unforgettable movie and ranks as among Stanley Kubrick's finest.

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