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The Shining

1980
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 26m
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (Summary by draup)
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The Shining

1980
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 26m
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
99th
Far and away my favorite horror film and, as far as I'm concerned the scariest. Kubrick uses carefully constructed shots and genuinely haunting imagery to create an incredibly tense and frightening atmosphere. That, combined with a brilliant performance by Jack, who is equally great brooding as he is going nuts, make this heads above modern "let's try to startle the shit out of you every five minutes" horror movies.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
99
99th
Sure, Kubrick made some questionable choices in The Shining. But the choices he made are so exciting and so bold. Kubrick transcends the genre, as he did with just about every genre he touched. I've seen it at least 5 or 6 times, and it still scares me. And the music is simply astounding. Some criticize Duvall's performance, but I love it. The fear she projects just floors you.
Rated 19 Sep 2015
100
98th
I can't believe this is about Native Americans faking the moon landing.
Rated 21 Apr 2020
85
63rd
Look, I get why this movie is so revered - the filmmaking is impeccable, with several iconic moments - but it didn't knock my socks off the way it has so many others. Jack Torrance, a deeply flawed but possibly redeemable figure in the novel, is here painted as an unhinged lunatic from the start. His alcoholism is reduced to an afterthought, robbing the story of the tragedy it needs to really work. I dunno, maybe I'm just too much of a Stephen King fanboy.
Rated 21 Apr 2007
10
97th
A first rate thriller and a bold take on horror genre without feeling ostentatious. I could have a discussion with you, explaining why this is my favorite film from Kubrick. The hypnotizing camera work, formidable story, Jack's fantastic performance and the unnerving but brilliant score are some of those many reasons. A perfect horror film from my favorite director.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
95
98th
What a great thriller with J. Nicholson. Like in One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest he plays an insane brilliant role. Big suspense at the end. Super and fantastic film !
Rated 09 Feb 2007
6
99th
Evincing a state after life as a cycle of death (a real charmer, Kubrick). Sleeping demons aren't allowed to lie; just as the hotel is constructed atop an Indian burial ground, and Jack can't contain his violent urges of addiction, and "Tony" boils from the pit of Danny's shine. There have been few settings as evocative as the Overlook, its maze corridors and spatial disorientation mapping the geography of a deep descent into madness. Nicholson and Duvall's performances are iconic.
Rated 19 Dec 2020
100
97th
After making the perfect science fiction film for overly analytical nerds, Kubrick did the same for the horror genre. In theory, this picture should be a cautionary tale about knowing your introverted personality. No one wants to be like Jack Torrance & lose themselves in their imagination, work, and apophenia. Instead, internet fanboys ran wild with theories on the movie's hidden meaning on American genocide. Still, the mood is creepy as hell, mostly thanks to Wendy Carlos's fantastic score.
Rated 09 Apr 2018
100
99th
A lifetime of rewatching has convinced me that The Shining truly does have an otherworldly, occultic power. The first half of the film is akin to a ritualistic seance: images, music, and faces seep slowly into the unconscious mind, only to be released in the second half of the movie in a bloody orgy of psychological grotesquerie. As a byproduct, The Shining has as many interpretations as there are viewers and their experiences. It conjures the obsessions - and evils - lurking in each of us.
Rated 10 Feb 2012
99
98th
It is so creepy. Jack Nicholson: Creepy. Shelley Duvall: Creepy. Little boy who talks with his finger: Creepy. Ghost twins: Creepy. Hedge maze: Creepy.
Rated 09 Jul 2013
90
97th
An unusual, unsettling, utterly compelling film. It has a unique style and feel, featuring imaginative camerawork, memorable imagery and captivating performances; Nicholson is at his lunatic best here. Explanations are not forthcoming, and the lines between the supernatural and the natural are blurred; this compounds the feelings of dread and unease that the film inspires. It is unfortunate that Kubrick was not able to explore the horror genre further, because this is excellent.
Rated 30 Dec 2012
95
97th
Usually the blood gets off at the second floor
Rated 21 Jun 2010
92
99th
Wonderfully creepy. You never know exactly what's going on, which keeps you off balance and constantly thrilled. The score is responsible for a lot of the atmosphere, along with the beautiful shots and use of color and light by the ever-masterful Kubrick. And the final scene is fantastic.
Rated 04 Jun 2008
90
82nd
Here's Johnny! ...What can I say about this film that hasn't been said? It's a legendary, cinematic masterpiece of a film. Most horror movies straddle a thin line between being overbearing and cheesy, and being spine-tingling and unnerving. I must say The Shining comes through each time as the latter, no matter how many times you watch it. A true classic, if you haven't seen it - you're missing out.
Rated 14 Feb 2007
90
85th
The Shining has one of my favorite scenes in any movie. No, I'm not talking about the scene where Jack sneaks up on Wendy by the typewriter or the one where Jack hacks his way through the door, or the scene in the maze. My favorite scene is the one where Danny is riding his tricycle through the corridors of the hotel with the camera following a few feet behind him, and you just KNOW something is going to be around one of the corners; and then those goddamn twins show up. Scary as hell.
Rated 20 Oct 2007
9
93rd
Not only is it the best horror film ever, it also has the best helicopter shot ever. Nicholson owns it.
Rated 24 Mar 2020
91
98th
I used to think Stephen King was right, that Nicholson is too obviously mad right from the get-go. That's true if you think Jack is the protagonist. Then I watched it again and realised the protagonist is a 10-year-old boy trapped in a maze with a madman he KNOWS for a fact will snap and try to kill him, and who can do absolutely nothing about it. Then it becomes a masterpiece, so full of little hooks and dissonances that feel *wrong* but just drag you further in.
Rated 21 Dec 2006
6
98th
Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece; an artful vision of the macabre that is unmatched within the genre. Unsettling and flat-out scary as hell at times, with incredibly haunting imagery and unbearable tension. It also has what is certainly one of the best scores of any movie ever made, and it ratchets up the fright factor another notch during the last half-hour. Stanley Kubrick isn't among my very favorites, but this movie is essentially perfect. I'm in the minority, but this is my favorite of his.
Rated 09 Feb 2007
98
98th
The Shining simply put, is one of the greatest films ever made. Jack Nicholson in one of his greatest performances. This film is scary, not like gory or bloody scary. It is scary because it feels so real. A family is in charge of looking after a massive hotel for a few months, and Jack Torrance slowly begins to lose himself, and that is a realistic situation. The Shining has a large array of memorable scenes, and one of the most renowned quotes in film history. Kubrick fails to disappoint.
Rated 17 Feb 2007
96
98th
Terrifying and glorious. A scary, thrilling, interesting and enjoyable horror.
Rated 27 Mar 2007
85
97th
I still can't get myself to believe that helicopter shadow falls on plain view in the opening long take -journey to the hotel. Kubrick ran out of budget for a reshoot? This maniac who reshoots scenes in three decimals can oversee such a mistake? Is it a concsious attempt at the viewer? Mindbogglement and all that.
Rated 14 Aug 2008
100
99th
When you were a kid, did you ever look at daddy and wonder if he would ever kill you and mommy? Subconsciously a familiar nightmare. SK uses clever camera schemes and a chilling score to give the film a feeling of pending doom. The camera spies as though it is part of the hotel, an unfathomable force of evil, observing, like a watchful bird. Such an expansive space, yet it feels eerily constrictive. Very dreamy and surreal atmospheric masterpiece that completely engulfs you for better or worse.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
99th
Horror these days seems to consist of shock-scares and gore. The Shining (with the exception of a couple of moments) is completely cerebral, and really messes with you. Still scary as hell. This is Kubrick's best (IMO). Oh yeah, obligatory Nicholson nod as well.
Rated 19 Feb 2012
96
99th
The Arrested Development of horror movies.
Rated 18 Jan 2012
97
99th
I think I can call this the only horror film I truly loved to watch and is everything that is right in the horror genre. If you liked this film and are willing to give it anything above even a T4, but also like Paranormal Activity, then all your opinions are a sham and you should be ashamed of yourself. That type of movie shits on everything that this movie perfectly shows a filmmaker how to do. Most notably, the creation of tension. This movie is off the fucking charts.
Rated 09 Jan 2010
98
99th
So oppressively atmospheric it's like the bottom of the Mariana Trench, except you're stuck in a huge creepy hotel with someone going insane. I have problems with Duvall though and Jack doesn't have a relationship with his family beyond patronising annoyance. If there was even five minutes at the start where they're happy together and/or the female lead was stronger, this'd be perfect. As it stands, still the best horror film yet made, responsible for me being unnerved in long hotel corridors.
Rated 25 Feb 2011
99
99th
Does so much for me the book simply did not. Kubrick just...knows. This is exemplary in terms of setup, ambience and performances, maybe with the exception of danny lloyd, but he's a kid for fucks sake. From a technical standpoint, this movie oozes sheer competence. From an emotional standpoint, it oozes dread and uncertainty. It's near perfect in its execution, and nobody will challenge that for some time to come, possibly ever. THAT is how you do it. That, and that alone.
Rated 28 Sep 2014
89
93rd
I don't think it would take five months and a snowbound hotel to snap and attack Shelley Duvall with an ax. Based on her performance here, it would probably take me about eight minutes of her "stoner reading a children's book" delivery before I'd be reaching for the hatchet.
Rated 01 Jun 2013
97
99th
One of the most convincingly uncomfortable movies I've ever watched, and I do mean that as a compliment. I can never figure out if Jack Nicholson is actually that creepy or if he's just a fantastic actor, but either way, it was great casting. Beautiful cinematography as well, and it's the kind of movie where Kubrick's very detail-oriented style of filmmaking really shines.
Rated 22 Feb 2013
100
99th
This film wrote the book on unsettling. Such a great forboding atmosphere. It doesn't need cheap jump-scares or slasher-movie invincible villains to instill in the viewer a feeling of helplessness and dread. One of the few truly great horror movies.
Rated 18 May 2011
91
94th
Great, as are all Kubrick films. The tracking shots are brilliant, spatially disorienting the viewer while showing the crushing immensity of the hotel. Use of light and color is also great, as is the use of music. The exploration of unreliable narrators adds an additional unsettling feeling to the film - at times, I even wonder if this whole film is about the nature of horror films. Thank goodness Kubrick departed so much from King's novel.
Rated 21 Jul 2008
100
98th
A brilliant adaptation of King's classic book, and is jam-packed with eerie, memorable, creepy and iconic scenes along with probably the most famous quote in cinema. Jack Nicholson is fantastic as the scizophrenic, paranoid titular lead. One of the best horror films ever and it's a timeless Kubrick classic.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
86
96th
Not as good as the book but a true adaptation would have made for a worse movie. Make sense? Nicholson's now iconic role is still creepy.
Rated 04 Nov 2015
98
98th
A testament to the power of strings played sul ponticello, Kubrick and company turn a beautiful, meditative setting into the most recognizable slasher venue of all time.
Rated 14 Aug 2008
56
29th
Like all Kubrick films, beautifully executed shots, use of space and isolation blah blah blah but in the end just feels dull and dead inside. And not in a good way. Sorry for the film-geek blasphemy but I'm biased towards filmmakers who direct with their dicks and Kubrick just seems like he would be one miserable lay.
Rated 21 Oct 2013
90
97th
Awesome horror film. It's creepy and it's beautifully shot. Nicholson's acting is both scary and fun.
Rated 23 May 2008
82
79th
Why are you so ugly, Shelley?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
9
98th
One of the films where Kubrick's cold and perfectionist style totally works for me - by draining the warmth and humanity out of the proceedings, the whole thing takes on a creepy, deeply unsettling vibe. It lets the tension slowly burn for a while before finally giving way to the well-earned slasher ending, and it's one of my favorite horror films for it.
Rated 14 Dec 2006
90
65th
Jack Nicholson carries this Kubrick horror flick. There's nothing wrong with this movie except Shelly Duvall's teeth.
Rated 24 Oct 2010
40
12th
While I generally don't have a problem with slow paced films and I appreciate what Kubrick was trying to do, this one just didn't work for me. The tension and build up continue long after the point when I stop caring about these characters. The first time I watched this, I made it to where Nicholson finally cracks and decided that I had better things to do than finish the film. Great cinema is capable of making audiences feel a wide range of emotions, but apathy shouldn't be one of them.
Rated 28 Nov 2008
97
99th
This film has everything a good horror needs. It doesn't rely on surprises or large ammounts of blood, but instead lets you slowly realize what a horrific situation they're in. The fact that you don't know if the hotel is haunted or the father is just crazy just adds to the watchers involvement.
Rated 09 Aug 2013
40
5th
There is a lot of love for this movie, but I just don't have any. I couldn't even finish the movie because I found myself rather bored. Maybe it is because I had heard so much about it and expected more than I was given, but I just didn't like it.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
98
99th
Jack Nicholson will scare the hell out of you in Stanley Kubrick's shocking horror-masterpiece. 'Redrum' will forever be etched in my mind as well as "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." A classic all-around.
Rated 21 Apr 2007
95
98th
Terror skillfully evoked through unforgettable images. Just slightly off-quilter enough from the start that you begin to feel uneasy, until it all boils over and explodes in the second half. Brilliant camerawork (including early utilization of stedicams) and a pulsing score make it hard to turn away from the screen. A claustrophobic nightmare.
Rated 11 Jun 2010
90
93rd
The best horror film of all time, and a prime example of brilliant re-mediation. Compared to 'The Shining' mini-series (more faithful to the novel), it's obvious what genius Kubrick was, and what trust he had in his own vision. If it is perhaps involuntarily funny that Crothers travels so far for nothing, laughing isn't on the menu after Wendy discovers what Jack's been typing away at. Chilingly performances all around, and featuring the worlds greatest hand acting. Come play with us, Danny!
Rated 18 Dec 2009
87
75th
Some very impressive scenes, very suspenseful and scary, but lacking in humanity.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
95th
Defines the "Psychological Horror", this film is both interesting in its concept and form. And of course Nicholson is in top high-camp form.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
94
99th
Probably the greatest horror film ever made, and a true lesson in how to create atmosphere and suspense during a film. Watching this film is a total sensory experience, and as Kubrick ramps up the pressure you can feel the tension rising in you. Considering the rubbish that Hollywood calls "horror" these days (Saw, Hostel, et al) this film is likely to improve with age and become even more an example of how too not just make a suspenseful horror, but how to make a great film. Legendary.
Rated 10 Jan 2015
95
96th
No frills, no cheap scares, this is psychological horror at its finest. Much like the hotel, it creeps into your brain and makes you uncomfortable. The iconic scenes are classic Kubrick and the acting is pitch-perfect. Nicholson is legendary, but I don't think Danny gets enough credit for his performance; the realism weighs greatly on how believable the kid is and he does wonderfully. The sense of dread is overwhelming. Few films can match this level of atmosphere or visual ingenuity.
Rated 27 Sep 2019
80
59th
A solid story which Kubrick, as usual, tells as slowly as possible. Slowness is often perceived as suspense by horror fans, but this could've been a much tighter thriller. Everything else is well done w/ sound design & score working overtime to cover up the lack of horror & momentum on screen. Great performances w/ Nicholson dancing on the line of overacting since his primary job is to act crazy. The most interesting element is the casting of Duvall whose unconventional looks raises questions
Rated 13 Feb 2009
96
98th
Jack Nicholson is a scary, scary man, and I love it. Some excellent shots from Kubrick make this one of my favorite horror flicks of all time.
Rated 03 Dec 2006
100
99th
The best movie ever made about insanity.
Rated 07 Mar 2011
99
99th
Criticising, mesmerizing, gripping. Kubrick's "The Shining" is an alternate interpretation of the King novel, and a one man show by Jack Nicholson. Maybe his best performance ever. But "The Shining" is more than only a Horrormovie. It experts profound critisim to the American way of life, and the extinction of American natives, if you reed between the lines.
Rated 19 Feb 2012
75
33rd
The Shining never did much for me. The images always seemed too disjointed and never quite unsettling enough. Well made though, obviously.
Rated 14 Mar 2008
96
99th
Beautiful to look at but terrifying to watch. The Shining has so many iconic images and sequences that many movies since have tried to imitate, but none have been able to conjure the otherworldly creepiness of Kubrick's horror gem. A classic through and through.
Rated 14 Apr 2019
90
97th
Outstanding setting and cinematography - really makes me regret that we won't be able to see what Kubrick would have been able to pull off with today's technology! Jack Nicholson's face is pure cinema. (Too bad Duvall isn't quite on the same level!)
Rated 04 Jan 2009
92
91st
::claps:: Bravo. (My God, Shelley Duvall is an eyesore! That was the real horror...)
Rated 16 Feb 2007
5
98th
Genuinely chilling stuff, probably the most frightening and at the same time the most beautiful horror movie ever.
Rated 20 Jan 2010
95
98th
Probably the best "horror" film made in the past 30 years and rivaled only by the likes of the Exorcist. Kubrick's attention to detail is amazing in this film and the psychological tricks he plays on the audience has been written about extensively. Nicholson's portrayal and the mansion itself is also unforgettable.
Rated 26 Feb 2007
86
87th
No one ever ever looked scarier on a screen than Shelly Duvall in The Shining. An all-around suspenseful thriller despite everyone knowing the ending before they actually see it.
Rated 04 Oct 2018
91
95th
My personal favorite Kubrick film, although I also believe this is probably his weakest great film in terms of storytelling. The film is so confident in its abilities to draw you into this tension-filled dive into madness, you either forget about the plot elements which are lost in shuffle or admire it for deliberately not showing its entire hand. All the performers involved are fantastic as well including a decent performance by Danny Lloyd, a rare feat for a child actor.
Rated 23 Sep 2007
50
15th
To me this movie is a sort of classic split between being great and horrible. I mean, the opening helicopter shots are great--and that huge volume of blood pouring from the elevator (or is it down the hall?)--and I always get the shudders when the kid goes down the hall and meets those two little girls. But the little kid is awful--too young to act; and Nicholson takes great big chomps out of the scenery ("Jesus, Stanley--" he's supposed to have said--"aren't I playing this awful broad?").
Rated 02 Jul 2017
80
92nd
(Viewed on 19/01/14): Kubrick transformed King's trashy novel into an eerily elegant masterclass in horror whose impact has been dulled somewhat by endless parodies and the theories of overly zealous conspiracy nuts who read all kinds of nonsense into it. His cold controlled style ratches up the tension to unbearable degrees via elaborate tracking shots that prowl across the mansion's halls and floors with extreme menace, serving as a symmetrical counterpoint to Jack's increasing insanity.
Rated 16 Jun 2018
96
90th
A
Rated 27 Jul 2010
55
21st
This is the rare example of a Kubrick film where his eternal perfectionism seems to work against him instead of in his favor. It is amazingly made, but not even half as scary as it should be.
Rated 04 May 2016
48
42nd
Extremely overrated, but Stanley Kubrick really shows his chops. The story is garbage. The characters are garbage. The acting is garbage. This *should* be absolute dirt, but the way the whole movie is put together is really quite brilliant and makes the result more or less palatable. The first half of the movie is actually pretty creepy and it's not until the second act kicks in that it starts to suck.
Rated 08 May 2007
76
47th
Mostly uneven at times despite the wonderful camera work by Kubrick. Shelly Duvall needs to see a dentist.
Rated 14 May 2011
90
94th
Shelley Duvall, elope with me! The motherfucker who tried to kiss me during the movie accidently told me what "Redrum" was. Go to hell, suits you well.
Rated 08 Jul 2007
95
98th
After having watched this recently, I can't praise these visuals enough. The use of wide angle lenses... the sheer perfection of all those tracking shots just serve to accentuate the absolute pitch perfect performances by the entire cast, led by the crazed Jack Nicholson.
Rated 05 Sep 2015
10
98th
Wooden scenes of banal dialogue and trivialities start up an innocent plot that gets increasingly spotted with surrealist imagery both macabre and bizarre as more concrete cabin fever character tension slowly builds. The impending horror infuses the most vapid of scenes (riding a tricycle, throwing a ball, preparing dinner) with a thrilling uneasiness, amplified by the screeching soundtrack. It's a masterfully crafted film perfected by superb acting and stunning cinematography.
Rated 03 Aug 2007
77
38th
Some classic imagery but Kubrick seemed uninterested in telling a story. That's sort of okay though, since it's Kubrick.
Rated 11 Sep 2012
90
96th
Jack Nicholson gives an amazing performance in this great film. This is another great movie directed by Stanley Kubrick. Shelley Duvall is also very good in this movie, she has a very tough role. The movie has a really creepy tone and it has many exciting scenes.
Rated 28 Apr 2012
65
25th
Quite disappointed with this film as I wasn't gripped by it when others were harping about how terrifying it was. The plot didn't convince me and Jack Nicholson's constant smirking didn't come off to me as creepy - I chuckled a few times in fact. The redeeming factor for me was Kubrick's use of the cameras, which gave a fresh way of creating some form of tension just by visual perspective - the scene of Jack shouting through the locked pantry door was great!
Rated 28 Feb 2009
94
99th
Great
Rated 29 Nov 2011
100
97th
I don't even know, man. I've watched so many interpretations of what this film means that even thoughts I have not about this film are unoriginal. Honestly every time I watch it, my mind is just blank, but in a good way, I swear. I just soak in the visuals and the tension like a sponge. Sometimes it's better to be taken on a ride than questioning what everything means. Whether you want to watch it intellectually or as a thrill ride though, this movie works for either.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
91st
The classiest horror movie of the 1980s and also one of the best (although not without its flaws, first among which is the fact that the "shining" itself serves little purpose beyond functioning as a way to summon Scatman Crothers to the hotel, leading to a sequence of moments showing his rather pointless approach via various means of transportation). Perhaps the key to understanding this film is to ask what psychic conditions are being represented by the characters of Jack and Danny.
Rated 23 Dec 2010
100
97th
The most well made horror film of all time and another one of Kubrick's masterpieces. Everything about this film is perfect and flawless, and I cannot find anything wrong with it at all. One of the scariest of all time too. An absolute epic horror masterpiece.
Rated 20 Jun 2014
90
90th
Another classic Kubrick film, that (in his usual style) is fabulously shot and directed. Although I have never read King's novel, the story is enthralling and terrifying though the ending is a bit unsatisfying. Very creepy. The acting is fantastic, espeically Nicholson. A fantastic film, and high-ranking, but when compared to Kubrick's other works, it is just not as satisfying.
Rated 01 Jun 2008
77
62nd
An over rated "horror" movie that has little or no scary parts--I was generally bored and Duvall is not a good actress. I have no qualms with the way Kubrick made the scary parts, but there are simply too few of them and they aren't as tense or effective as they should have been.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
95th
Best director ever matched with best actor ever? Best horror movie ever.
Rated 05 May 2010
94
93rd
The Shining is great example of Kubrick's greatness - whatever genre he chooses it's going to be smth special. Jack Nicholson is a real mad man because the way he performed made me feel that way. The whole movie is meticulously made; every emotion, every scene is the result of titanic work and Kubrick's longing for perfection. I know that King was unsatisfied with this vision of the plot but, to my mind, this is one the best adaptations of his novels.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
73rd
Look, I haven't read the Stephen King novel yet. What I do know is that the film is utterly batshit insane, an engaging look into madness. An unnerving and disturbing journey, one that never really lets up, and despite some flaws its fascinating that Kubrick put his own unique stamp on the horror genre. Sadly he only did it once.
Rated 14 Jun 2008
65
25th
This would have a higher score if Nicholson had killed Shelley Duvall and the film had ended with he and Scatman Crothers feasting on ice cream.
Rated 15 Jul 2012
100
99th
flawless
Rated 26 Jul 2019
80
79th
Its atmosphere is overpowering and effective, the music and cinematography excellent and absolutely vicious. When not reacting to horror or being deranged, the actors are wooden and unconvincing, especially as seen in dialogue exchanged over the phone, though editing surely had a role in this. Inside its madness, however, the film is utterly compelling: Jack Nicholson, never believably mundane, is terrifyingly good and the imagery is outstanding.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
99
99th
Really scary, and I like it more the more I watch it. Arguably the finest horror film ever made.
Rated 07 Mar 2010
40
13th
Never really found this all that scary. Shelley Duvall is fucking annoying, the story doesn't make all that much sense, and I got tired of Nicholson smirking his way through the entire movie.
Rated 02 May 2009
93
97th
Jack Nicholson delivers the sickest perfomance ever seen on the big screen and The Shining, along with Kubrick's claustrofobic filmmaking, is a stunning piece of horror movie.
Rated 27 Jul 2008
90
93rd
It's Kubrick, so you had the classic climactic scene in the bathroom, the slow rise to the burning crescendo, all that jazz. Great film, horror that relies on mind-fucking and psychosis which is a plus. I just love the way they play up the isolationism and how that drives the family crazy.
Rated 14 Dec 2008
100
99th
I never thought The Shining was one of Stephen King's better novels, but Kubrick's a better director than King is a writer, and he adapts the characters and setting through his own cinematic looking-glass, creating a masterpiece.
Rated 20 Feb 2010
93
97th
92.750
Rated 20 Mar 2007
90
96th
A brilliant adaptation of the King book, but as is often the case it could have been even better had it followed the events of the book more closely. Nicholson fits the part perfectly.
Rated 29 Jul 2010
95
97th
Kubrick's Stephen King adaptation contains images and scenes that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Contender for the title "best horror film ever".
Rated 26 Oct 2009
94
99th
For me this is the best horror film ever made, even though many would say its not exactly horror because the body count is, well 1 I think. But Kubrick substitutes cheap scares and gore for fantastic direction where you are sucked right into the film and the tension never lets up. Nicholson delivers a chilling performance and there are some great scenes with disturbing dialogue with wonderful use of colour and lingering shots (what else but the best from Kubrick, IMO the best Auteur Film-maker
Rated 23 Aug 2009
90
87th
There are lots of cool shots, but they aren't as cohesive as they should be. It betrays the source material in odd ways. Still, it is a definitely a classic and the cast delivers some amazing performances. Just try not to compare it to the book too much; this is more like Kubrick's interpretation of the book rather than a faithful adaptation of the book into a movie.
Rated 26 Dec 2009
74
53rd
This film is certainly strange. I think that there are far more suspenseful films out there, but this is a great one to go back to every now and again, and I can't see a day in the near future where this isn't quoted on some TV show or another, which must count for something. Some pretty classic scenes, but it might have lost its edge to you.
Rated 31 Aug 2010
57
26th
Eerie atmosphere and arresting images of violence abound, but I'm never wrapped up in this tale.
Rated 03 Jun 2009
89
92nd
Really scary, this movie definitely proved that Stanley Kubrick is the master of all genres of movies. Perfect choice of casting Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance. Liked the eerie and desolated atmosphere of the Overlook hotel and also the Maze. A must-watch for horror movie lovers. I still remember getting nightmares of Room No. 237.
Rated 28 Jun 2010
84
75th
It failed to scare me the first time, and it failed again. But now I see other virtues in the movie that remained unnoticed at the first time, and they are all due to the merits of Kubrick and his brilliant camerawork, and the atmosphere it creates - as well as the beautiful cinematography. All this together make this a very good movie, but the acting and some forced moments of suspense will always prevent me of giving a great mark to it.
Rated 23 May 2010
100
97th
Kubrick at his best, that's really all that needs to be said. Creepy, thrilling, and mysterious. Everytime I watch this movie, despite my mood or surroundings, I'm completely wrapped-up in the story and the atmosphere. I'm rarely isolated from society, yet I feel like I've been to the Overlook Hotel many times.

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