The Shining
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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- or, rather, a homicidal boy in Stanley Kubrick's eerie 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow, frustrated writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. Before the Overlook is vacated for the Torrances, the manager (Barry Nelson) informs Jack that a previous caretaker went crazy and slaughtered his family; Jack thinks it's no… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"A masterpiece."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Kubrick is after a cool, sunlit vision of hell, born in the bosom of the nuclear family, but his imagery -- with its compulsive symmetry and brightness -- is too banal to sustain interest, while the incredibly slack narrative line forestalls suspense."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of the best scary movies ever made, one of the best scary movies even imaginable."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"...above all a movie about spaces, and how few things are more frightening than not knowing which way to go."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Kubrick's compositions and Jack Nicholson going kill-crazy with an axe remain hard to beat on the big screen."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Kubrick has made a movie that will have to be reckoned with on the highest level."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"The movie is not about ghosts but about madness and the energies it sets loose in an isolated situation primed to magnify them."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The Shining is like a near-miss auto accident: You don't know how scared you really were until you start shaking a few hours later."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Strange and deeply creepy."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"It's all in the build-up: Kubrick sets the scene for the horror with meticulous care."
‑ Killian Fox, Observer [UK]
"As a ghost story and adaptation of the Stephen King novel, it's largely a failure. On the other hand, as an example of directorial bravura and as a study of madness and the unreliable narrator, it's a brilliant success."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"With everything to work with, director Stanley Kubrick has teamed with jumpy Jack Nicholson to destroy all that was so terrifying about Stephen King's bestseller."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The first time I saw Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, I had to turn it off during three key moments... Perhaps this time, I prayed, [it] would seem almost comically silly. Yeah, not so much."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"The technique is as overpowering as Nicholson's performance, which is both hammy and deeply disturbing."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"Re-cut or not, The Shining remains one of the most viscerally disturbing films ever made."
‑ Emma Dibdin, Digital Spy
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