Room 237 Synopsis
Filmmaker Rodney Ascher analyzes Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of "The Shining."
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Slant Magazine

The doc positions The Shining as a comparably coiled, thematically overflowing microcosm--standing in for cinema, for history, for...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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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Not so much what I expected

By Falls Crush
BUT I like it, it opened my eyes a little bit more, alot made sense, and now Im drawing up my conclusions...

A Rather Stupid Search for Meaning

By tyvol
Look, Stan Kubrick sold movies. Some of what he made was not worth our money or our heartbeats. This analysis of a valueless movie production (among others, like Clockwork or Jacket), is in keeping...

A little crazy, but interesting

By babyangelvera
I'm a little concerned at the mind sets of the people interviewed in this documentary considering their ideas where way past far fetched. I think I may have gone a little crazy from listening to all...

Total waste of Time/Money

By MONTGOMERYNJ
Can't even begin to describe what a total waste of time this movie was to watch. If anything it proves that anyone can see imagined hidden meanings in anything if they want to bad enough. Don't...

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good but too repetive

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