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The Shining

8/10
Drama . Thriller . Horror
 

Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.

 
Actors: Barry Dennen , Tony Burton , Anne Jackson , Joe Turkel , Philip Stone , Barry Nelson , Scatman Crothers , Danny Lloyd , Shelley Duvall , Jack Nicholson
Directors: Stanley Kubrick
Country: USA , UK
Release: 1980-05-23
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  • Ian Nathan

    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.

    Empire Full Review
  • 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 delivers this uncertainty in a film where the actors themselves vibrate with unease.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jeremy Knox

    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 on, and if you're not familiar with Kubrick's narrative style you’ll be completely lost.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • 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 that simply says "Tuesday."

    The New York Times Full Review
  • 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 emasculated husband from hell, has never been more clearly presented on-screen.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • 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 is, after all, advertised as "a masterpiece of modern horror." Certainly he has asked much of Nicholson, who must sustain attention in a hugely unsympathetic role, and who responds with a brilliantly crazed performance.

    Time Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    The crazier Nicholson gets, the more idiotic he looks. Shelley Duvall transforms the warm sympathetic wife of the book into a simpering, semi-retarded hysteric.

    Variety Full Review
  • 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 brightness--is too banal to sustain interest, while the incredibly slack narrative line forestalls suspense.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Bruce McCabe

    When you sit down to The Shining, you sit down with normal expectations of being diverted, perhaps even being gripped, but not being undermined. But the film undermines you in powerful, inchoate ways. It's a horror story even for people who don't like horror stories - maybe especially for them. [14 Jun 1980, p.1]

    Boston Globe Full Review
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  • 1. Music for strings, percussion and Celesta (Movement III) Performer: Berliner Philharmoniker uncredited Stream Music Online
  • 6. Utrenja - Ewangelia Performer: Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach Stream Music Online
  • 7. Utrenja - Kanon Paschy Performer: Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach uncredited Stream Music Online
  • 8. De Natura Sonoris No.1 Performer: Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach uncredited Stream Music Online
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  • 14. Home (When Shadows Fall) Performer: Henry Hall and the Gleneagles Hotel Band Stream Music Online