All work and no play makes Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson ("As Good As It Gets," "Batman"), the caretaker of an isolated resort, go way off the deep end, terrorizing his young son and wife Shelley Duvall ("Roxanne").
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Creepy suspense/horror film. Older teens plus.
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Rotten: 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 brightness -- is too banal to sustain interest, while the incredibly slack narrative line forestalls suspense.
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Rotten: I fear all work and no play has made Stanley a dull boy.
- Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Monday, March 7, 2005
A bona fide genre staple that works in spite of it's rather odd casting. King's story, Kubrick's direction and Nicholson's performance combine for a perfect storm of psychotic horror and suspense.
- flixsterman, Friday, October 22, 2010
Fans of Stephen King would know that Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" was not made for him. Kubrick takes liberties with the source material to really make it his own. If it wasn't for the insane level of perfection he delivers here, most people would have a problem with what he has done with the plot, yet it works so well I doubt many people care. Jack Nicholson delivers his icon role with chilling gusto and a perverse sense of humor. Shelley Duvall is great in her thankless role as the films moral center. My favorite thing about the film is how surreal and dream like the whole thing is.
- stevenecarrier, Thursday, July 22, 2010
Stanley Kubrick crafts this Stephen King adaptation with brilliance. Different from the novel, Kubrick still manages to keep the key terrifying elements in his film adaptation. In many ways,m The Shining is one of the first horror movie "epics." The film atmosphere of helplessness adds to the fear and paranoia of the characters. Stanley Kubrick is a master director because he knows how to effectively build a story with effective camera shots. The Shining is a masterful piece of horror history, and Kubrick like everyone of his other films has created a masterpiece. The Shining is terrifying, paranoid ride in the overlook hotel. Jack Torrance has a room waiting for you.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, June 15, 2010