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Room 237 Reviews

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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
Matt Pais
RedEye
April 4, 2013
The thrill's in the thinking about little pieces of cinematic language as words contributing to a two-hour essay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
April 3, 2013
Would it be hypocritical to say that I loved "Room 237," even thought I felt like 75 percent of what was said in it was completely hooey?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 3, 2013
a journey down a rabbit hole worth taking, as the film immerses us in alternately fascinating, compelling, absurd, and frightening theories about what, exactly, The Shining is (or might be) about
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
April 2, 2013
Room 237 is both an ode to the subversive nature of the movies and a fascinating insight into clashing obsessions in its most lurid form, even when its stylistic choices seek to destroy the experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
April 2, 2013
I can't buy into the notion of Stanley Kubrick faking Apollo 11's moon landing but he definitely helped Shelley Duvall fake a movie career.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dave White
Movies.com
April 1, 2013
"Anything you say, Lloyd. Anything you say."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 1, 2013
As amusing as the movie is, I think in the end that Ascher misses the labyrinth for the trees.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 30, 2013
"Room 237" is movie so chunky and sweet you can eat it with a spoon.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 30, 2013
This documentary will entertain everyone from film junkies to conspiracy theorists and those who like to debunk them as Ascher spreads his net to include everything from the most provocative ideas to blatant bunkum.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 29, 2013
This geek gossip is made even more captivating by the fact that nobody will likely ever know whether any of it is true.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 29, 2013
Hilarious, bizarre and provocative. You'll never look at The Shining the same way again
Full Review | Original Score: 8.75/10
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide
March 29, 2013
The beauty of Room 237, however, doesn't lie in the validity of any one of the commentators' thoughtful (and occasionally well-informed) speculations, but instead in that mysterious grey zone between an artist's intentions and audience interpretation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
March 29, 2013
Unique and at times profound, Room 237 is a reminder of how much Kubrick left for us to appreciate in his work, and how the greatest films always leave something more to be discovered with each viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 29, 2013
The theories proposed in the doc "Room 237" aren't eye-opening. They're laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 29, 2013
A beautifully edited, deeply strange compendium of what different people have read into a single film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
March 29, 2013
A strange and enduring testament to Kubrick's cinematic legacy, as well as a fun way to look at a horror classic in a whole new way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Levin
amNewYork
March 28, 2013
Like any great puzzle, The Shining is a lot of fun to try and solve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
March 28, 2013
A thrilling testament to the fact that art is - and should be - open to interpretation.
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