The Shining
The Shining (1980)

"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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 23, 1980
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it deviates from Stephen King's novel, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is a chilling, often baroque journey into madness -- exemplified by an unforgettable turn from Jack Nicholson

Ernest Leogrande
New York Daily News

Shock effect and graphic imagery don't compensate for the sense of pointlessness and even distaste that is left at the end of the movie.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Phil Hall
Film Snobbery

Anyone coming to this work for the first time should be forewarned that the will generate more giggles (and perhaps a yawn or two), but there is absolutely nothing here to fear.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

A masterpiece.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Derek Malcolm

If The Shining isn't trivial, it certainly encourages one to think that it is. But, perhaps, even that's a change for the better. Generally, it's the other way around.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Kubrick has made a movie that will have to be reckoned with on the highest level.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie is not about ghosts but about madness and the energies it sets loose in an isolated situation primed to magnify them.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the best scary movies ever made, one of the best scary movies even imaginable.

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