The Shining Synopsis
THE SHINING. Jack Nicholson takes a job as winter caretaker at an enormous mountain hotel, where he goes with wife Shelley Duvall and son Danny Lloyd in the hope that snow and solitude will bring him peace of mind. He finds just the opposite,...
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Ostensibly a haunted house story, it manages to traverse a complex world of incipient madness, spectral murder and supernatural visions...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
But there is no way, within the film, to be sure with any confidence exactly what happens, or precisely how, or really why. Kubrick...
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The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
Meticulously detailed and never less than fascinating, The Shining may be the first movie that ever made its audience jump with a title...
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Film Threat

For a supposed mainstream movie, Kubrick’s The Shining isn’t very audience friendly. Half the time you have to guess what the hell is going...
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Boston Globe

When you sit down to The Shining, you sit down with normal expectations of being diverted, perhaps even being gripped, but not being...
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By Andrew O'Hehir
Stephen King reportedly loathed the liberties Kubrick and co-writer Diane Johnson took with his story, but King's ur-villain, the...
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By Richard Schickel
It is a daring thing the director has done, this bleaching out of all the cheap thrills, this dashing of all the hopes one brings to what...
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The crazier Nicholson gets, the more idiotic he looks. Shelley Duvall transforms the warm sympathetic wife of the book into a simpering,...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Kubrick certainly doesn't fail small. One could fast forget The Shining as an overreaching, multi-levelled botch were it not for Jack...
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Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
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...
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Five Word Review

By redyeah
Jack Nicholson is crazy creep...


By karensaucedo
There is no way to film what happens in the book so the story is changed in places to achieve the same degree of !!!! But, it doesn't work. A typical Stephen King book makes you care for the...

Classic Horror Film

By indewrtr88
Although Stephen King was not thrilled by Stanely Kubricks interpertation, this is definitely one of his best masterpieces. This movie leaves a lot to the imagination. Is Jack's character really...

The Shining

By squeakygreen1
I love this movie. Classic Jack Nicholson. Really fun to see again....

Jack is a freak

By probs
This movie builds a sense of fear and dread like few others can. Not sure if Nicholson was acting. He is amazing....

Soooooo Amazing!!!!

By james544
It was awesome to be able to watch this in the theaters. I noticed so many more details and the music and visuals were so much more striking in this context....

my shinig review

By lord-o-movies
THE BEST HORROR FILM EVER MADE how can anyone give ths film a bad review every thing about this movie is perfect....

The Shining

By KelleyMac
Great Movie - first time I have scene it on the big screen...


By Chickenlover/77
What can I say, one of the greatest horror movies of all time. I love the length of the movie, which allows for cuddling up a lot if you watch with your favorite person....

The Shining

By DInorahplacer
Not scary, but creepy........great for the Halloween holiday! A classic!...

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Rated R | For violent scenes
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Creepy suspense/horror film. Older teens plus.
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