These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
How responsible is Alex for his actions? The way he describes the urge to rape the two ten-year-old girls he comes across, itís implied he acts on uncontrollable urges, but he also willingly drinks spiked milk that makes him more violent. This is probably intended by the writer, as the book deals with the concept of free choice, specifically the choice to be violent.
Internet film analyst Rob Ager theorizes the Ludovico technique in the film doesn't actually work, and Alex is just an attention whore laying it on a bit thick to get out of jail and garner sympathy from society (and the audience) for his "plight" as a tool of the establishment.
Award Snub: How wasn't McDowell nominated for this?! It's a sin! It's a sin!
Crowning Music Of Awesome: Wendy Carlos' score (based on Moog synthesizers), particularly her rendition of Purcell's "Music For the Funeral For Queen Mary", which can be considered the unofficial theme music for the movie. And that's not to mention Gioachino Rossini, Edward Elgar and, above all, our old friend Ludwig van.
Harsher in Hindsight: The recent reports of street thugs engaging in an activity called "The Knock-Out Game", where said thugs gang-up on a random stranger and beat the crap out the them for fun, is something straight out of Alex's alley, as shown with the scene at the beginning of the film where the droogs beat up a tramp.
Hilarious in Hindsight: The name of their car is the Durango 95, although it's not a truck or an SUV. Ford released a Durango throughout the 1980s while Dodge Durango SUVs have been around since the mid 1990s.
Hype Backlash: This film is VERY much a Love It or Hate It, despite being considered a classic, many people despise it for how it glorifies sex and violence and wants the viewer to sympathize with Alex.
Jerkass Woobie: Alex becomes one full-on by the middle of the second act. By the third act, this is arguably exaggerated considering what happens to him. A little too sympathetic a label, but his near-raped in prison, his inability to enjoy anything in life, and the merciless beatings at the hands of his victims-turned-victimizers humanize him.
Misaimed Fandom: Burgess described A Clockwork Orange as "a jeu d'esprit knocked off for money in three weeks, and it became known as the raw material for a film which accused of glorifying sex and violence. "The film made it easy for readers of the book to misunderstand what it was about, and the misunderstanding will pursue me till I die."
Alex did quite a few bad things, but as soon as he raped a woman in the Singing in the Rain scene, he was beyond redemption.
While in the beginning, the government states that their only concern is cutting down crime. In the end, however, they cover up the whole incident with Alex's cooperation, essentially making a deal with the devil to protect themselves.
Narm: The face that the old man makes when he remembers who Alex is; it's supposed to be twisted in rage and horror, but the angle of the shot and the fact that he's convulsing while bent completely forward makes it look a bit silly.
True Art Is Angsty: When the book was originally brought over to American shores, the last "Happy Ending" chapter was left out, since the publishers didn't think Americans would like it. Kubrick left the 'Happy Ending' in the original novel when he adapted it into film because he felt it ruined the moral.
Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Despite Kubrick's camera tricks (especially fish-eye lenses) and the defenestration of Alex, it's pretty hard for a good portion of the audience to forgive Alex for his rather heinous crimes.