The Shining: Mini-Series (1997)

The Shining

Critics Consensus

Stephen King's televisual adaption of his own novel is more faithful than its cinematic counterpart, but unfortunately this miniseries is hobbled by a drab literalism of the text and cheesy effects that diminish the scares.



Critic Ratings: 12

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Apr 27, 1997
Air date: Apr 28, 1997
Air date: May 1, 1997

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Critic Reviews for The Shining Mini-Series

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

The running time unwisely inflates this intimate story of a three-member family coming apart at the isolated hotel in the Colorado Rockies. The Stand was an epic. The Shining is not.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The most terrifying thing about this crap-fest was Steven Weber's acting.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Perhaps the flawed gem that is Stephen King's The Shining could never hope to match the greatness of Kubrick's film. Yet it still stands as a worthy companion piece.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

A screen adaptation of a book can respect the original text and still be terrible. It can respect the author's wishes and still be terrible. Still, few adaptations are as openly awful as the TV version of The Shining.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

This version is more faithful to the book -- six hours (with commercials) of lugubrious, slavish faithfulness.

Aug 25, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A mediocre horror thriller that doesn't quite top Kubrick's vision, in spite of the talent behind it.

Aug 25, 2017 | Full Review…

a solid adaptation

Aug 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Change just a couple of things -- and granted, they're major things -- and you'd have a satisfying and textured ghost story... The first thing that would have to change is the acting. It is, in a word, awful.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Mr. King's script and the direction of Mick Garris slowly and skillfully bring The Shining to a pitch of screeching horror. Mr. Weber, shucking the light comedy of sitcom, is chillingly effective.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

It's torture. It's hell. And millions will tune in, attracted by King's reputation as America's scaremaster... The best thing would be for everybody to avoid it like the plague, because it is the plague.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

A consistent, carefully textured story that rarely gives you the chance to properly breathe.

Aug 25, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's a deep, rich creepiness suffusing Stephen King's The Shining that makes this miniseries the most frightening TV movie ever made.

Aug 25, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Shining: Mini-Series

  • May 02, 2018
    as much as there is good in it, The SHINING (1997) is a rip-off to the original. I prefer Steven Weber narrating IT. Ok why is this only coming out in capital letters rt please fix again and make sure it doesn't stay this way again thanks!!
  • Apr 20, 2018
    The Shining is able to creep you out so much you have to check if the doors are locked. Terrific acting, story and flow. It stays faithful to the novel, which I'm happy about. I highly recommend this if you want quality scares.
  • Mar 13, 2018
    What i mainly like about this mini series is Jack's character. As much as I loved Jack Nicholson's performance in the Kubrick film, it was just him doing his usual schtick. Here, Steve Weber does a good job portraying a normal everyman being tormented and ultimately becoming a human monster. It's much closer to the book and it was more engaging. Everything else though....not a big fan. Too much dialogue, not enough build up for any scary moments.

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