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Time Out

A masterpiece

Read review Ben Walters

This movie captures your attention with its grand form and vision, ropes you in with some terror and eccentric direction, and ties you down and stabs you in the heart with its cold-eyed view of the man's mind gone overboard, creepy atmosphere and the loss of humanity.

Read review Berge Garabedian
Chicago Sun-Times

Kubrick delivers this uncertainty in a film where the actors themselves vibrate with unease.

Read review Roger Ebert

His adaptation of 'The Shining', Stephen King's pulpy haunted-house novel, keeps forcing reasonable ? or non-occult ? interpretations on the behavior, variously bonkers and bloody, that his camera records with its customary elegance.

Read review Richard Schickel
The Washington Post

I can't recall a more elaborately ineffective scare movie.

Read review Gary Arnold

Ostensibly a haunted house story, it manages to traverse a complex world of incipient madness, spectral murder and supernatural visions ...and also makes you jump.

Read review Ian Nathan
New York Times

Meticulously detailed and never less than fascinating, The Shining may be the first movie that ever made its audience jump with a title that simply says "Tuesday."

Read review Janet Maslin
Roger Ebert

The movie is not about ghosts but about madness and the energies it sets loose in an isolated situation primed to magnify them.

Read review Roger Ebert
The Guardian

If 'The Shining' isn?t trivial, it certainly encourages one to think that it is.

Read review Derek Malcolm