The Shining1980

Critics score:
89 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution:I fear all work and no play has made Stanley a dull boy.Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: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.Read more

Janet Maslin, New York Times:Kubrick isn't out for screams, but he manages to make his movie thoroughly unnerving by keeping the horror so close to home.Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews:As a ghost story and adaptation of the Stephen King novel, it's largely a failure. On the other hand, as an example of directorial bravura and as a study of madness and the unreliable narrator, it's a brilliant success.Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:The movie is not about ghosts but about madness and the energies it sets loose in an isolated situation primed to magnify them.Read more

Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine:Kubrick has made a movie that will have to be reckoned with on the highest level.Read more

Ben Walters, Time Out:A masterpiece.Read more

Variety Staff, Variety:With everything to work with, director Stanley Kubrick has teamed with jumpy Jack Nicholson to destroy all that was so terrifying about Stephen King's bestseller.Read more

Gary Arnold, Washington Post:I can't recall a more elaborately ineffective scare movie.Read more