100

Slant Magazine

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.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Room 237 makes perfect sense of "The Shining" because, even more than "The Shining" itself, it places you right inside the logic of how an insane person thinks.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Room 237, which goes into national distribution this weekend, may be the surpassingly eccentric — and enormously entertaining — film that Kubrick deserves.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Nutty, arcane and jaw-dropping in equal measure, this is a head-first plunge down the rabbit hole of Kubrickiana from which, for some, there is evidently no return.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Ascher's unique and unforgettable film is a tribute to movie love. I couldn't have liked it more.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Watching Room 237 is like being stuck on an airplane next to a stranger hellbent on convincing you of his very detailed, very paranoid theory of the universe. Actually, it’s like being stuck on a plane full of those guys, each with a different yet compellingly insane take on reality. And the in-flight entertainment features only one movie: “The Shining.”
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80

NPR

By Scott Tobias
After all, the documentary itself stands as a thrilling testament to the fact that art is — and should be — open to interpretation.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Ascher treats all these insane theories seriously, but that doesn’t mean you have to.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
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.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
What Room 237 is really about is how movies inspire passion. Which is a great thing, even if it comes out in wack-job ways.
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80 out of 100
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