The Shining 1980

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