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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

1963
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 32m
Shipwrecked on an island, the castaway boys eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational kids' attempts to prevent that. (imdb)
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Lord of the Flies

1963
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 32m
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Avg Percentile 54.4% from 914 total ratings

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Rated 12 Jun 2023
82
78th
These are just little kids but their leadership skills are way better than most politicians I've actually voted for.
Rated 26 Jul 2009
75
79th
A warning sign to never vote libertarian.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
80th
One of the better movies I was forced to watch in highschool.
Rated 12 Jan 2008
77
69th
Kids killing each other. The only thing that could make this more fun is if it were live.
Rated 12 Nov 2008
95
72nd
When the num of humans > 1, most probably the inevitable social emotion that will occur is politics. This film portrays it beautifully.. and how our emotions transcend from one to another .. from survival > fear > illusion > politics > .. emotions that make us do things that make us hate ourself when we hit ground. All in all worth the time, if u put in the initial time.
Rated 02 Jan 2009
40
7th
The novel was simply great. This movie, however, tarnished my view of the story. It lacked any sense of adventure, dread or anything in between. Somehow this is considered a classic and maybe I can't get past the dated material but I've seen plenty of old films that do much better than this. The children actors just can't live up to the source material.
Rated 15 Mar 2011
81
66th
It took me a while to warm up to this - I was initially put off by the boys' lack of concern about the horrible plain crash they had just been in - but I eventually got into it. The stark black and white, the iffy acting and the poor audio actually created a raw feel well-suited for the film and its theme. And I have to admire the production as a whole; shooting in the harsh jungle and on steep jagged cliffs with a cast of dozens of young boys must have been quite an ordeal.
Rated 19 Feb 2024
70
63rd
Has the poetic edge and succinctness of an effective parable, and Brook is a fine director.
Rated 12 Sep 2011
11
2nd
So bad and cringe-worthy.
Rated 20 Oct 2011
75
27th
This is an effective experiment in improvisation using non-professional child actors (Piggy and Ralph are particularly good), but Brook has always been a much better director of plays than he is of movies. And this movie just doesn't move. It is as simple as that.
Rated 18 Mar 2012
1
17th
I know they're kids, but the acting is amazingly awful. There's not a lot of tension and at 90 minutes it feels endless.
Rated 02 Oct 2012
75
67th
otokrasi, issiz ada, cocuklar, ucak düsmesi, avcilik, domuz avlamak, canavar korkusu, linç etmek, survivor, gözlüklü sisko, liderlik mücadelesi, (benzeri Novaya Zemlya, Lost)
Rated 30 Nov 2012
65
19th
Hardly touches upon the genius of the book but the story is basically all here. A decent adaption with some interesting moments but very flawed.
Rated 06 Apr 2014
69
42nd
Muitos recursos de linguagem usados na versão de 1990 tiveram origem aqui, mas ainda não é uma obra prima.
Rated 21 Apr 2014
85
83rd
85.000
Rated 27 Jun 2014
25
8th
A very poor telling of a great book.
Rated 04 Aug 2014
56
27th
Needlessly fast, as it's also quite short. The kids can't really carry the movie as well as they should.
Rated 26 Dec 2015
95
83rd
the classic
Rated 14 Mar 2016
5
24th
The largely improvised dialogue walks the line between an appreciable authenticity and disjointed awkwardness; Aubrey and Chapin bring natural charisma as the two opposing leaders but a more streamlined script still would have been nice (not to mention a more spooky soundtrack in line with the film's horrific content-as it is, the music is repetitive and much too cheery). The black and white look and the camerawork is excellent though, particularly in the dark and chaotic pivotal final scenes.
Rated 11 Jun 2017
92
96th
Ranked so High, because of nostalgia, and it is a coming of age story that explores the dark side of humanity.
Rated 16 Oct 2018
63
59th
This was a decent enough movie but I much prefer the remake. While the lack of acting ability works well for making things seem more natural and less scripted it also made me notice that the kids never really seemed to be in any real danger or distress. Nice use of locations and good cinematography were strong points. The lack of score helped with giving the film a documentary feel.
Rated 20 Jul 2022
40
3rd
Barelypaidattention. it seemed poorly made and acted. some cool shit like choosing a chief, him losing power, the hog, one saying not muder etc
Rated 16 Jul 2023
0
3rd
had to watch this in school
Rated 22 Jun 2007
49
14th
Classic story but the American accents really grate with the dialogue after a while.
Rated 24 Feb 2009
70
69th
Such a disturbing film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
62nd
Classic.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
54th
The acting could have been better (casting for a pack of child actors on a low budget is always going to pose a problem, I guess) but otherwise this was good. The film makes the tension of the final act more palpable, but otherwise I'd say the book is superior. Some striking images, though.
Rated 12 Sep 2007
44
12th
Book was better, movie mangled together parts of the story and overall not too entertaining nor had the appeal of the original story.
Rated 16 Aug 2008
30
13th
Awful acting made it completely impossible for me to enjoy.
Rated 30 Sep 2008
83
88th
Original and the best
Rated 27 Oct 2008
85
80th
Piggy has a hilarious death scene. Worth it just for that.
Rated 07 Dec 2008
15
5th
This is an important literary work to be sure, containing loads of social commentary. That said, I saw this in school and it freaked me the heck out. As a result I have to give it low scores. Just because something is redeeming does not necessarily mean it is something you want to watch.
Rated 21 Feb 2009
70
40th
This makes a better book than it does a film. Brook eschews the narration of the novel, which is a strength of the film and moves it toward being something more cinematic than your standard novel adaptation. However, something about seeing these kids in the flesh, rather than in the imagination, strains credulity. And while I wasn't a fan of Brook's camerawork, the editing was effective at ratcheting up the tension, especially in the final scene.
Rated 09 Mar 2011
70
43rd
You know how you talk to someone and mention a movie you saw and they ask "have you read the book?" and you reply with "no" and then they immediately say "oh you should, it's much better, it... blah blah blah". Before you hit that self-righteous so and so square on the nose, realise that I'm one of those people, doing that to you right now. Check out the book first if you can. And my nose isn't even in your sights.
Rated 30 Mar 2009
81
45th
A good film which shows the human nature
Rated 31 Jul 2009
85
83rd
Excellent movie. I have seen this many times, and it never gets tired... the black and white really adds to the whole atmosphere.
Rated 26 Feb 2010
35
19th
Probably a NAMBLA favorite but didn't really work for me at all. Not only because the child acting is bad, but also because the text stinks. It miserably fails to imitate the way children talk and behave, which is no surprise, because Golding and Brook were obviously more preoccupied with creating a preachy allegorical moral tale than with believability. As with other cases of bad allegorical literature, the descriptive ineptitude undercuts a simplistic message.
Rated 01 Mar 2010
72
22nd
Somewhat dated and dramaturgically old-fashioned movie, kind of disjointed feel at times. But when I saw it as a 12 year old in a cinema (a film-club in '86, I'm not THAT old) it left me floored. Some scenes still gave me a shiver now as I recalled how I experienced it the first time. Would have given it 90 then and 60 now - I merge them and give 72.
Rated 13 Mar 2010
60
30th
Kind of boring when I saw this as a kid. Not much happens and the dramatic pacing was a bit plodding. The last 15 minutes of the film were alright but overall this is one to miss.
Rated 28 Apr 2010
6
66th
It isn't the best adaptation, regarding structure anyways, and the acting is almost all terrible but it captures the spirit quite well, making sure not to lose much in terms of thematics and commentary, at least coming from someone who loves the book but also hasn't read it in over a decade. Also, really great photography.
Rated 26 May 2010
45
18th
Hard for me to get into. I loved the book, but felt bored by the movie. Just horrible horrible acting, which kills this movie because it's almost completely revolving around the kid's and their dialogue. I also have some problems with the believability of what the kids would actually do. There were a few things I liked, but not nearly enough for me to ever want to watch again or recommend to anyone.
Rated 03 Sep 2010
50
48th
You can see the potential even amongst all the negatives (terrible acting, some cheap effects, a bit of really dodgy direction/editing), and given some time I'd like to give the book a go: I'm sure it's much better. In this age of rehashing every film ever made I'm surprised this hasn't had a contemporary version released.

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