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Room 237 Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
Room 237 isn't about The Shining or the Holocaust or the slaughter of Native Americans or the moon landing. It's about people finding order in chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. Hoberman
December 31, 2015
Do the Kabbalist readings or wild free associations that Room 237 celebrates improve The Shining? Let's say that they create a parallel text: Lost in the Overlook, in search of the overlooked.
Rob Gonsalves
July 15, 2015
"The Shining" is the perfect launching pad for a movie about obsessive film theorists because Kubrick attracts theories like lint and this film is perhaps his most stubbornly mystifying work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
June 24, 2015
Don't watch this film and expect an authoritative critical analysis of the film; watch it and explore the distorting, drug-like pull that some art can exert on its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Eric D. Snider
July 12, 2013
Inelegant in the way it assembles all this stuff ... but anyone who's ever obsessed over the subtext of a beloved movie will find it amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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.
Read More | 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
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