CC00006: Stanley Kubrick

  • Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (10)
  • Paths of Glory (10)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (10)
  • A Clockwork Orange (10)
  • Spartacus (10)
  • The Killing (10)
  • Barry Lyndon (9.5)
  • Full Metal Jacket (9.5)
  • The Shining (8.5)
  • Lolita (8)
  • Killer's Kiss (6)
Author Comments: 

This is the sixth in a new series I call Critical Consensus. I am averaging the opinions of several excellent film critics to produce a list of each director's films. The films will each have a rating between 1 and 10. The films will be listed in a recommended viewing order, so new fans will have an idea of where the best place to start watching a director's work is. These are not my opinions, although, since I have chosen the critics used (and I'm using many), my taste will perhaps seep through a bit.

Terribly nerdy, I know, but maybe this will help people only now beginning to dabble into certain directors' bodies of work.

Six scores of 10 and 2 scores of 9.5 are no surprise by the master. I gather there is not enough info to include the recent Eyes Wide Shut and its average score. Personally I love all of the top six, and I would score Lolita ahead of The Shining. I've yet to see Barry Lyndon and Killer's Kiss. The one 10 rarely talked about is The Killing; a must-see movie for people who like heist movies. Actually, I think Tarantino must have idolized this movie when you consider Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.

I need to see more of these. I was a bit surprised at the mass number of tens here, but not shocked. Eyes Wide Shut should join this list by the end of the year, and yeah, I also predict rather average scores.

I do recommend Barry Lydon; slow for some, but absorbing to others, with gorgeous photography to boot.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs