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  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    But there is no way, within the film, to be sure with any confidence exactly what happens, or precisely how, or really why. Kubrick delivers this uncertainty in a film where the actors themselves vibrate with unease. show more

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    When you sit down to The Shining, you sit down with normal expectations of being diverted, perhaps even being gripped, but not being undermined. But the film undermines you in powerful, inchoate ways. It's a horror story even for people who don't like horror stories - maybe especially for them. [14 Jun 1980, p.1] show more

  • 38
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Kubrick certainly doesn't fail small. One could fast forget The Shining as an overreaching, multi-levelled botch were it not for Jack Nicholson. Nicholson, one of the few actors capable of getting the audience to love him no matter what he does, is an ideal vehicle for Kubrick. [14 Jun 1980, p.E1] show more

  • 100

    Ostensibly a haunted house story, it manages to traverse a complex world of incipient madness, spectral murder and supernatural visions ...and also makes you jump. show more

  • 80
    Film Threat

    For a supposed mainstream movie, Kubrick’s The Shining isn’t very audience friendly. Half the time you have to guess what the hell is going on, and if you're not familiar with Kubrick's narrative style you’ll be completely lost. show more

  • 80
    Janet Maslin The New York Times

    Meticulously detailed and never less than fascinating, The Shining may be the first movie that ever made its audience jump with a title that simply says "Tuesday." show more

  • 70
    Andrew O'Hehir

    Stephen King reportedly loathed the liberties Kubrick and co-writer Diane Johnson took with his story, but King's ur-villain, the emasculated husband from hell, has never been more clearly presented on-screen. show more

  • 50
    Richard Schickel Time

    It is a daring thing the director has done, this bleaching out of all the cheap thrills, this dashing of all the hopes one brings to what is, after all, advertised as "a masterpiece of modern horror." Certainly he has asked much of Nicholson, who must sustain attention in a hugely unsympathetic role, and who responds with a brilliantly crazed performance. show more

  • 40

    The crazier Nicholson gets, the more idiotic he looks. Shelley Duvall transforms the warm sympathetic wife of the book into a simpering, semi-retarded hysteric. show more

  • 30
    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. show more

  • July 06, 2014 Jennie
    Report This User

    John Kubrick takes Stephen Kings very scary story and makes it bone chillingly terrifying. It will make you believe in the supernatural. The movie will cleverly play on your subconscious mind placing imagery of the hotels sinister history in your mind. Kubrick makes you believe that Jack Nicholson’s character is being haunted and persuaded by the evil ghosts of the Overlook Hotel eventually leading him down a road to murder is wife and young son. He paints a terrifying and sinister picture on the screen that stays with you for years to come. Although the movie is dark and horror lurks around every corner. It has many twists and turns creating suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat biting your nails.

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