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Room 237 Reviews

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Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
October 25, 2012
[It has] a feel as strange as it's subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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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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
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
April 5, 2013
I suspect that Ascher's intention was to dynamize an academic exercise, but these constant, sundry inserts render the tone as corny and glib as a VH1 special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 7, 2013
Weird interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' concocted of wacky conspiracy theories and urban legends.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
March 25, 2013
The wave of hype about this movie has already started. To which I'd offer this thought: Bull****.
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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.
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
Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 30, 2012
Using interviews, archive footage and a creepy original soundtrack, director Rodney Ascher ponders what makes Kubrick's film such a draw among geeks and conspiracy theorists.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Ian Gilchrist
October 5, 2012
The idea of collating these people's ideas in a feature film and dragging them off the internet and into the light of a projector beam is an intriguing one, but at over 100 minutes it's fair to say that most peoples' interest will wane before the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Semley
Slant Magazine
March 24, 2013
The doc positions The Shining as a comparably coiled, thematically overflowing microcosm--standing in for cinema, for history, for obsession, for postmodern theory buckling under the film's heft.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
October 27, 2012
King famously hated Kubrick's version of his book, but, considering the effect the film seems to have had on impressionable minds, he might approve of Ascher's amusing study.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
August 29, 2012
A celebration of Kubrick, filmmaking and fandom. A must see for any fan of The Shining
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Clift
August 20, 2012
Lovingly obsessive
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Leader
Little White Lies
October 25, 2012
By capturing the giddy thrill that comes from decoding difficult films, Room 237 says something profound about being a cine-fanatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 11, 2012
A documentary as idiosyncratic as its tireless contributors, Room 237 is first and foremost an ode to film fandom in all of its gleeful obsessiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 25, 2012
Lots of what they say is bonkers; all of it is engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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