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The Shining

drama, horror, thrillers


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").

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    92%
  • Audience Score
    93%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Creepy suspense/horror film. Older teens plus.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that blood flows throughout this film -- literally -- in several notorious scenes. There are axe murders and decomposed bodies. The main character, a recovering alcoholic, slowly goes insane and aims to kill his family. He verbally abuses his wife throughout most of the film. There is some alcohol and cigarette use.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the relationship between fantasy and reality in the film. Do you find yourself confused about what's "really" happening at various points in the film? In what different ways could these scenes be interpreted?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    92%
    reviews counted: 8
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  • Audience

    93%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A masterpiece.

- Ben Walters, Time Out, Sunday, October 6, 2013

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

Audience Reviews

4 stars

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

4 stars

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

5 stars

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