Room 237
Room 237 (2013)

Many movies lend themselves to dramatic interpretations, but none as rich and far ranging as Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. In LA filmmaker Rodney Ascher's ROOM 237, we hear from people who have developed far-reaching theories and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 29, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mysterious and provocative, Room 237 is a fascinating journey into the world of obsessive cinephilles.

David Thomson
The New Republic

A curious and entertaining documentary.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Room 237" evolves from an ode to movie love at its most delirious to a wry examination of the crackpot mind at work.

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James Hoare

The presentation is all fairly straight-faced and largely without comment, with only mischievous uses of accompanying footage serving as a deadpan riposte to some of the more obviously insane theories.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The human brain is a marvellously suggestible organ.

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John Anderson

There's enough real evidence supporting the theory that Kubrick was a genius, and that's pretty entertaining all by itself.

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

Room 237 isn't about The Shining or the Holocaust or the slaughter of Native Americans or the moon landing. It's about people finding order in chaos.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

[A] strange, frustrating, occasionally fascinating doc ...

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's about the human need for stuff to make sense - especially overpowering emotional experiences - and the tendency for some people to take that sense-making to extremes.

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J. Hoberman

Do the Kabbalist readings or wild free associations that Room 237 celebrates improve The Shining? Let's say that they create a parallel text: Lost in the Overlook, in search of the overlooked.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Several people with ideas and theories as to what Kubrick might have really meant when he made The Shining. Pretty good coffee table conversation, but the film,… More
Idrees Khan
Wonderful and dreadfully, dreadfully misunderstood. Funnily enough, that's what it sets out to solve.
Carlos Magalh„es
This pathetic and very silly mishmash of theories may be amusing for a while, especially for the most passionate cinephiles and fans of Kubrick's film, but… More
Spencer S.
It's obvious why the critics liked this film: it speaks about theories and criticism concerning a classic film. It's rooted in the simple assumption… More
Melvin White
"Some Movies Stay With You Forever... And Ever... And Ever" From purely a subject matter point of view, Room 237 is heaven for me. I, like the… More
Dan Schultz
A mesmerizing, geeked-out documentary on one of the best movies ever, Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining", and the many different interpretations by… More