Directed by Adrian Lyne • Drama • With Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella • 1997 • 137 minutes
Humbert, a brilliant professor of French literature in New England, rents a room from a lonely widow, Charlotte, who falls in love with him. She is a giddy and talkative lady who embodies what Humbert hates most in the world, but she has an invaluable asset: her daughter Lolita, a bewitching nymph who irresistibly reminds the professor of his tragic childhood love.
"How does Lyne's Lolita compare with Stanley Kubrick's, back in 1962? It's superior in balance." —New York Magazine
"Lyne's update on this comic, bittersweet tale benefits mightily from a clever screenplay by Stephen Schiff and terrific performances by the movie's two leads." —Film Journal International