Doctor Sleep

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Doctor Sleep forsakes the elemental terror of its predecessor for a more contemplative sequel that balances poignant themes against spine-tingling chills.

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Struggling with alcoholism, Dan Torrance remains traumatized by the sinister events that occurred at the Overlook Hotel when he was a child. His hope for a peaceful existence soon becomes shattered when he meets Abra, a teen who shares his extrasensory gift of the "shine." Together, they form an unlikely alliance to battle the True Knot, a cult whose members try to feed off the shine of innocents to become immortal.

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Ewan McGregor
Dan Torrance
Cliff Curtis
Billy Freeman
Emily Alyn Lind
Snakebite Andi
Selena Anduze
Apron Annie
Robert Longstreet
Barry the Chunk
Carel Struycken
Grampa Flick
Catherine Parker
Silent Sarey
Mike Flanagan
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Jon Berg
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Roy Lee
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D. Scott Lumpkin
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Akiva Goldsman
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Kevin McCormick
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Michael Fimognari
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Mike Flanagan
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Critic Reviews for Doctor Sleep

All Critics (322) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (249) | Rotten (73)

  • "Doctor Sleep" feels like the logical continuation to Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of "The Shining."

    November 8, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Whichever route you prefer to take to the Overlook Hotel, there are better directions available than those prescribed by Doctor Sleep.

    November 8, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • I think what I respected the most about Doctor Sleep is that it does feel like it's trying to be its own film for as long as it can.

    November 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An itch to play a few too many of the greatest hits softens the impact of the ride. But make no mistake: "Doctor Sleep" shines.

    November 8, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Part homage to Kubrick's moody atmospherics, and part hyper-literal superhero story, "Doctor Sleep" is stylish, engrossing, at times frustratingly illogical and, ultimately less than profoundly unsettling.

    November 8, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • From the opening shots and synth notes to a spectacularly chilling closing scene, Doctor Sleep makes a convincing case for its own greatness.

    November 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Doctor Sleep

  • Aug 07, 2020
    Doctor Sleep is one of those rare sequels that work. The film is close to the books story-line but is also respectful of the Kubrick masterpiece The Shining. I honestly feel this film will grow into a cult gem like its predecessor. The book was good as it pushed past the closed doors of the original and managed to stay relevant. Most sequels would revisit The Overlook with a new family, but not Stephen King. The filmmaker stays respectful to both King and Kubrick which wouldn't have been an easy feat considering King's dislike for Kubrick's film. The version I watched was the DC 1080 cut and I will say it's an incredible film. I haven't rewarded it with the 5 star rating as The Shining wasn't an initial 5 star rating for me. I will re-watch the film in a few years and re-access my initial review. This has the tone of The Shining and the quality, but since I watched The Shining first, it's hard to say this is on the same level. It's a shame this failed at the box office, but I suspect it had to do with the negative hype surrounding IT Chapter 2. 05/08/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2020
    Pulling from elements of the books and the Kubrick adaptation, this is something of a complicated beast trying to reconcile the bunch. Having never read Doctor Sleep, I can't say how true it stays to the book, but even then there are definitely moments where I could feel it stretching to try to pull in something from Kubrick that probably wasn't book accurate. You can feel it a bit, but it still overall works. When it goes Kubrick with direct homages and callbacks, it feels right enough and they honestly are some of the most enjoyable bits. It's still full on King though overall. It's not a rehash sequel, it's an extension of ideas and themes from the original. Danny is following in his father's steps in dark ways, and the overall story of these psychic vampires seems to acknowledge a lot of King's history with psychics. So overall, it works. But sometimes the stretching to fit is felt. I was never bored, and there wasn't anything I wanted taken out of the movie, but I almost felt it would be better as a TV show or miniseries due to some rushed execution. For example the new cult member Andi is sort of thrown in as something of an audience surrogate and gets a decent amount of focus, but then mostly just falls to the wayside and it feels a little awkward. It's mostly fine, but I feel like this is a case of the book had more. I also didn't like some of the darkness in the film, and that could just be a personal preference, but it did bother me. The cult largely goes after children. I'm not opposed to kids dying in horror films if it's warranted for the story, but there is a prolonged sequence in here where a preteen is tortured to death and it's just vile to watch. You can get the point across with more subtlety, it just didn't feel like it had a purpose. Overall though I really liked the movie. I liked seeing more about the shining abilities and the whole world of psychic powers, it looks great visually, and it's got strong enough themes that carry from the original. It's got problems that might keep me from coming back again and again, but I liked it.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2020
    When I saw the runtime, I was very skeptical. But I'm glad I gave it a go. A Stephen King story seldom disappoints.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2020
    Based on Stanley Kubrick's classic film adaptation of The Shining as well as Stephen King's sequel novel, Doctor Sleep is an atmospheric psychological thriller. The story follows a psychic named Dan Torrance as he befriends a young girl with similar powers and tries to help her evade a cult called the True Knot that kills people with psychic abilities and takes their life energy. Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson lead the cast and give strong performances. Additionally, writer/director Mike Flanagan does an impressive job at mimicking the visual style that Kubrick used in the original and at adapting King's novel (which doesn't compare to The Shining). However, some of the recasts aren't that good and are rather distracting (such as those for Jack and Wendy Torrance). Still, overall the film does a good job at revisiting the Overlook Hotel and at creating tension and suspense. Additionally, the score helps to enhance the dark and foreboding tone. Doctor Sleep is a different type of horror than The Shining, but it's still a frightful and disturbing film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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