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Would this be successful if it came out now?


Late to the party, but I was underwhelmed by this movie. To be fair, I could see how this could have been groundbreaking in 1980. Compared to modern fare however, it just seemed too slow - even compared to contemporary psychological thrillers.

Is it just me, or is the case being made that this is good even by today's standards? (nostalgia notwithstanding)

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It would still get good reviews but it wouldn't be a box office hit because some of the dumbest movies make a killing these days.

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Not enough CGI, not enough jerky camera movement, not enough quick edits. No way today's audience would like it.

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It wasn't even that big of a hit back when it came out in 1980. Actually, none of Kubrick's films after A Clockwork Orange were particularly successful financially. His most successful period was between Spartacus (1960) and A Clockwork Orange (1971). All of his later films were either moderately successful or at least made a slim profit internationally (even Barry Lyndon), but NONE of them were blockbusters. Only 2001: A Space Odyssey came close to being a true blockbuster.

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It would probably be seen today like we see modern “deep” movies by famous filmmakers. I imagine its reception would be similar to Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master or Ridley Scott’s Prometheus upon their initial releases with them being not understood by general audiences but being brilliant film with incredible performances and deeper esoteric meanings.

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