Inspired by Lars von Trier's new "nausea-inducing piece of cinema" Antichrist, Rotten Tomatoes has picked their most controversial movies of all time, and A Clockwork Orange was the one sci-fi film that made their list.
Here's what they had to say about the 1971 picture, which was rated X in the U.S. when it was originally released:
Stanley Kubrick's vision of a dystopian society and the corruption of power in near-future England was banned by its own director, after copycat killings with gangs of thugs dressed up as Alexander DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) and his 'droogs.' The "ultra violent" journey of madness (based on Anthony Burgess' novel) involves daily, ritualistic beatings—plus there's the rape and clubbing to death of a yuppie housewife (with a giant phallus, no less) and some equally grim brainwashing techniques. So disturbed was Kubrick by the film's potentially catastrophic content that he never allowed the theatrical ban to be lifted in England.
To check out the rest of the films on the list, visit Rotten Tomatoes.