"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- or, rather, a homicidal boy in Stanley Kubrick's eerie 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son ... read more
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release Date: May 23, 1980
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1999
Stats: 35,913 reviews
Flixster Reviews (35,913)
March 28, 2013
'The Shining'. The camera movement, the score, the sound design, the production design and Jack Nicholson all contribute to a deep unease. You feel the uncertainty throughout the metaphorical and literal mazes the characters traverse.
The most beautiful horror film I've seen.
February 28, 2013
The Shining can sometimes seem silly by today's standards, but it is still a very unsettling and chiling psychological horror film.
January 16, 2013
A film that transcends its genre, leaves itself open to interpretation and deep analysis from both film historians and the viewing public throughout the years, and is a cinematic classic as well as a horror classic; "The Shining" is the seminal best. Based upon the novel by famed...
January 7, 2013fb791220692
Yes, "The Shining" is great. There is no replicating the kind of performance Jack Nicholson gives here, and Kubrick imbues the entirety of the film with a beautiful, familiar-yet-askew atmosphere that overtakes viewers as it overtakes the characters. While I can't say I enjoy the...
December 10, 2012
Like many adaptations in general (and Stephen King ones in particular), this strays from the source material, but, given that it's an adaptation by Kubrick, it becomes a thing of beauty and art in it's own way. Honestly, I'm kind of torn on this one. It's a difficult movie to sum...
November 13, 2012
Instant Masterpiece! With a load of beautiully filmed tracking shots, Stanley Kubrick executes this film so well. Jack Nicholson just steals the screen by going insane with an axe. "I'm not going to kill you, I'm just going to bash in your brains"
And looking at the film again...
November 6, 2012fb732260458
A landmark horror film from a legendary director, "The Shining" not only set the standard for horror flicks made over the last three decades, but also featured Jack Nicholson's best performance since "Chinatown."
October 31, 2012
Despite being one of horror's most prolific and impressive writers, Stephen King's novel don't always transfer well to the screen. Reportedly, he can't stand this adaptation of his work as director Stanley Kubrick changed a lot from the original source material. If that's the cas...
October 29, 2012fb733768972
This film has many moments of disturbing images, intense dialogue scenes, and performances that will take your breathe away. "The Shining" is a very slow moving picture, that will have you invested, lose you, and have you hanging on tight again by the end, which I might add, is a...
July 14, 2012
It has its share of old movie flaws, including fade cuts and extra cheese acting, but the Shining is a lot of fun, atmospheric and suspenseful (even if the suspense hits a low at what should be its highest point), and Nicholson is uber creepy (even if its also during the scenes w...
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