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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Good Movie!

As a fan of Sephen King's book I went to the movie theater to see this movie back when it was playing in the theaters and despite not being all that faithful to the book I liked it and thought Jack Nicholson was great as Jack Torrance. By the way: I think it needs to be...
As a fan of Sephen King's book I went to the movie theater to see this movie back when it was playing in the theaters and despite not being all that faithful to the book I liked it and thought Jack Nicholson was great as Jack Torrance. By the way: I think it needs to be pointed out that Stephen King never actually said that he hated this version of the book. I watched an interview with him on TV and he said he thought this movie was visually stunning and very scary but that some important aspects of the novel were left out that really explained why this family was doomed. The psycological horror of the alcoholisim, etc.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

The most overrated horror movie ever.

''The Shining'' is probably the most disappointing film I've ever seen. I had heard so much about it that when I saw it, I was so disappointed. Some scenes were creepy, but the film mostly just dragged on forever. The length and pacing for the film were unbearable. This...
''The Shining'' is probably the most disappointing film I've ever seen. I had heard so much about it that when I saw it, I was so disappointed. Some scenes were creepy, but the film mostly just dragged on forever. The length and pacing for the film were unbearable. This is probably the only ''classic'' horror film that just bored me to no end. Jack Nicholson and Scatman Crothers are both great talents, but they seemed to be wasted here. Director Stanley Kubrick seems more concerned with subtle visual details than story or character development. That was what made his sci-fi epic ''2001'' dull and boring. That same thing occurs with ''The Shining''. I was not scared out of my wits; I was mostly bored out of my skull.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Movie!

    As a fan of Sephen King's book I went to the movie theater to see this movie back when it was playing in the theaters and despite not being all that faithful to the book I liked it and thought Jack Nicholson was great as Jack Torrance. By the way: I think it needs to be pointed out that Stephen King never actually said that he hated this version of the book. I watched an interview with him on TV and he said he thought this movie was visually stunning and very scary but that some important aspects of the novel were left out that really explained why this family was doomed. The psycological horror of the alcoholisim, etc.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An exciting epic horror movie!

    Kubrick's the Shining is very different from King's version. However, if you are willing to accept these differences, you are in for one heck of a ride! Overall I'd give this movie a 8.5/10, or 4 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's a classic!

    One of those movies you have to see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    heeeeres johnny

    a rip roaring thriller from the mind of stephen king, filtered through the great stanley kubrick. an evil underbelly constantly push and prods ''jack'' until he finally explodes blood and fury towards his family. good family fun.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A thrilling mix of art and horror

    This film is another example of Stanley Kubrick's master hand at directing, something which he has elevated to an art. The gloomy imagry, chilling acting, and claustraphobia is juxtaposed to the cold beauty and glamor of the Overlook Hotel, creating a wonderfully eerie atmosphere. Perhaps the only problem is that because it can only be so long, it did not have time to fully and realistically portray Jack's slip into evil and it was not very true to the book. However, it will always be a classic in the horror genre and for fine filmaking alike.

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