Room 237 Reviews

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 2, 2014
Room 237 is about bringing a text to life through an active, prolonged, playful, or even tortured relationship to it. It's a document of immersive obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 12, 2013
A curious and entertaining documentary.
John Serba
May 31, 2013
An intellectual exercise, and an entertaining one, especially for those who don't want to label The Shining as just a ghost story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 10, 2013
The human brain is a marvellously suggestible organ.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Katherine Monk
May 10, 2013
It has the same entertainment value as listening to a late-night radio host indulge his listeners on Roswell, Area 51 and 9/11. Everything sounds completely crackers, until it all makes crazy sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 10, 2013
[A] strange, frustrating, occasionally fascinating doc ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Knight
National Post
May 9, 2013
What emerges from Room 237 is not a denigration of conspiracies, but a kind of celebration of our ability to create patterns where (perhaps) none exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
May 3, 2013
"Room 237" could become an essential companion piece to "The Shining" from now on. For those who see both, it will be impossible to think about one without the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 3, 2013
...all about the work of criticism - finding fresh avenues of delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 2, 2013
"Room 237" evolves from an ode to movie love at its most delirious to a wry examination of the crackpot mind at work.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 2, 2013
Watching it makes you feel like you're attending a really entertaining film class where your classmates confidently let their freak flags fly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 30, 2013
It's an essay about the human need to reject the notion of a random universe and find order and meaning in existence. These people are developing their own creation myths, with Kubrick the mastermind responsible for the Intelligent Design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 27, 2013
Termitic film nerds could chow down for years on the wood chips.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 25, 2013
You know when "Room 237″ starts getting really scary? When the people in the film start making sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 24, 2013
Kubrick fans and movie geeks will want to check this film out as soon as possible
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 21, 2013
Kubrick fans will take 'Shining' to 'Room 237.'
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
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John Anderson
April 18, 2013
There's enough real evidence supporting the theory that Kubrick was a genius, and that's pretty entertaining all by itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Mohan
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+
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