Doctor Sleep Reviews

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November 8, 2019
"Doctor Sleep" feels like the logical continuation to Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of "The Shining."
November 8, 2019
Whichever route you prefer to take to the Overlook Hotel, there are better directions available than those prescribed by Doctor Sleep.
November 8, 2019
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
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
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
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
The push to echo Kubrick works well in the limited early dose we're given, but ultimately the movie takes it too far.
November 8, 2019
Doctor Sleep is wonderfully reverent when it comes to Kubrick's film, but that means it can't escape The Shining's shadow, no matter how much King might have wanted it to.
November 8, 2019
I only wish that Rose had been around when Jack Torrance was on the rampage. What a lovely couple they'd have made.
November 7, 2019
A tip of the REDRUM to Doctor Sleep and to Ewan McGregor's memorable performance for giving us the opportunity to catch up with Danny Torrance in a most satisfying manner.
Top Critic
November 7, 2019
Like poor Danny, the film cannot escape its ghosts.
November 7, 2019
For all its missteps, including a comic-book tone at times, the film's humanity continually pulls you in.
November 7, 2019
When it confidently hits its stride near the middle, "Doctor Sleep" is gripping.
November 7, 2019
The sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' relies way too much on borrowed inspiration and eventually runs out of steam. But this flawed hybrid of Kubrick and Stephen King still has the stuff to keep you up nights.
November 7, 2019
When a film with so much going for it -- from the first-rate cast to the meaty premise -- basically unravels and loses steam, it's a reminder that the challenge of wrestling one of King's epic books into a genuinely satisfying movie can be, well, redrum.
November 7, 2019
Doctor Sleep could probably never fully stand on its own, and perhaps it's not meant to. It's a horror film with messy pleasures if you're able to meet it on its own level.
November 7, 2019
It's usually hard to quantify the quality of a movie, but in the case of "Doctor Sleep," it's easy: Precisely two-thirds of it is good.
November 7, 2019
It just leaves you starving for something better.
November 7, 2019
And while one can sometimes feel Flanagan struggling to satisfy both King and Kubrick fans when he really should be trusting his own vision, he's talented enough to pull off this difficult blend of legacies.
November 7, 2019
It's a frightfully regular approach to moviemaking today that should, at the very least, have the sense not to mess with Kubrick. All sequels and no originals make us all dull boys.
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