Room 237 Reviews

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Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 18, 2013
The credibility of these theories ranges from faintly plausible to frankly ridiculous, but Ascher isn't interested in judging them; his movie is more about the joys of deconstruction and the special kind of obsession that movies can inspire.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
April 15, 2013
Some of the interpretations seem more of a stretch than others but all are entertainingly presented by director Rodney Ascher. (The movie) serves as a testament to Stanley Kubrick's cinematic mastery.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 14, 2013
As fascinating as it is frustrating
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 13, 2013
It is nice to see a doc that makes you smile instead of making you angry. Anyone who is a fan of Stanley Kubrick will eat this up.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
April 12, 2013
Powered by a deep and abiding affection for both The Shining and Kubrick in general, Room 237 is an amuse-bouche of remix culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 12, 2013
Room 237 is an extended riff of the "Paul is dead" variety. But, you know what? Sometimes a guy moving a table in the background is just a guy moving a table in the background.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 12, 2013
The results can range from enlightening - Kubrick did like to mess with things - to embarrassing. But it's never dull. "Room 237" shines.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 11, 2013
You don't have to buy any of the nutty theories in Room 237 to appreciate what director Rodney Ascher has accomplished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 11, 2013
It's nuts, in the best possible way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 11, 2013
A diverting excursion for lovers of Kubrick's films...even if, at over a hundred minutes, it does go on a bit long.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 11, 2013
A fascinating doc that will get both film geeks and conspiracy theorists alike drooling, it all but guarantees you'll never watch The Shining quite the same way again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Norm Schrager
Paste Magazine
April 5, 2013
Confounding, eye-opening, and often hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.6/10
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 5, 2013
Their imaginings are not far removed from the deconstuctionist gobbledygook that has hammerlocked academic film and literary scholarship. But here at least the gobbledygook is entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
April 5, 2013
I suspect that Ascher's intention was to dynamize an academic exercise, but these constant, sundry inserts render the tone as corny and glib as a VH1 special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 4, 2013
[It] may be the surpassingly eccentric-and enormously entertaining-film that Kubrick deserves.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 4, 2013
"Room 237" is an act of uncommon devotion to cinema, embracing the notion that movies are best defined by what happens to us as we watch them - how our own beliefs and experiences dictate our interpretation of what we've seen and heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 4, 2013
This is sure to amuse you if you get a bang out of the claims that Paul McCartney died in 1966 and Dark Side of the Moon was intended as a soundtrack for The Wizard of Oz.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 4, 2013
I found most of what's actually put forth in the film interpretively ridiculous. But I'm just one theorist among millions, and the film worked for me anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
April 4, 2013
Listening to fanatics go on and on about their fixations can be kind of fun. For a while, at least.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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