Room 237 Reviews

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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.
June 12, 2013
A curious and entertaining documentary.
May 10, 2013
The human brain is a marvellously suggestible organ.
May 10, 2013
[A] strange, frustrating, occasionally fascinating doc ...
April 18, 2013
There's enough real evidence supporting the theory that Kubrick was a genius, and that's pretty entertaining all by itself.
April 18, 2013
It's about the human need for stuff to make sense - especially overpowering emotional experiences - and the tendency for some people to take that sense-making to extremes.
April 12, 2013
The results can range from enlightening - Kubrick did like to mess with things - to embarrassing. But it's never dull. "Room 237" shines.
April 11, 2013
You don't have to buy any of the nutty theories in Room 237 to appreciate what director Rodney Ascher has accomplished.
April 11, 2013
It's nuts, in the best possible way.
April 5, 2013
Their imaginings are not far removed from the deconstuctionist gobbledygook that has hammerlocked academic film and literary scholarship. But here at least the gobbledygook is entertaining.
April 4, 2013
[It] may be the surpassingly eccentric-and enormously entertaining-film that Kubrick deserves.
April 4, 2013
"Room 237" is an act of uncommon devotion to cinema, embracing the notion that movies are best defined by what happens to us as we watch them - how our own beliefs and experiences dictate our interpretation of what we've seen and heard.
April 4, 2013
This is sure to amuse you if you get a bang out of the claims that Paul McCartney died in 1966 and Dark Side of the Moon was intended as a soundtrack for The Wizard of Oz.
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.
April 4, 2013
Listening to fanatics go on and on about their fixations can be kind of fun. For a while, at least.
April 1, 2013
As amusing as the movie is, I think in the end that Ascher misses the labyrinth for the trees.
March 29, 2013
The theories proposed in the doc "Room 237" aren't eye-opening. They're laughable.
March 29, 2013
A beautifully edited, deeply strange compendium of what different people have read into a single film.
Top Critic
March 28, 2013
A thrilling testament to the fact that art is - and should be - open to interpretation.
March 28, 2013
This movie about a labyrinth with a monster at its center is itself a labyrinth, [Ascher] tells us; better leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind you if you hope to get out.
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