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The Shining Reviews

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Ernest Leogrande
New York Daily News
May 22, 2016
Shock effect and graphic imagery don't compensate for the sense of pointlessness and even distaste that is left at the end of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Walters
Time Out
October 6, 2013
A masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 21, 2010
Kubrick has made a movie that will have to be reckoned with on the highest level.
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James Berardinelli
April 30, 2009
As a ghost story and adaptation of the Stephen King novel, it's largely a failure. On the other hand, as an example of directorial bravura and as a study of madness and the unreliable narrator, it's a brilliant success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 8, 2007
Kubrick is after a cool, sunlit vision of hell, born in the bosom of the nuclear family, but his imagery -- with its compulsive symmetry and brightness -- is too banal to sustain interest, while the incredibly slack narrative line forestalls suspense.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 8, 2007
The movie is not about ghosts but about madness and the energies it sets loose in an isolated situation primed to magnify them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
May 8, 2007
With everything to work with, director Stanley Kubrick has teamed with jumpy Jack Nicholson to destroy all that was so terrifying about Stephen King's bestseller.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 7, 2005
I fear all work and no play has made Stanley a dull boy.
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
June 5, 2002
I can't recall a more elaborately ineffective scare movie.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Kubrick isn't out for screams, but he manages to make his movie thoroughly unnerving by keeping the horror so close to home.