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The Shining Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    61

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety

    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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Time 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.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times 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."

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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.

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5

by mongoosemania

5

34 years later by clevelandwilson
This movie gives me nightmares and I don't have nightmares

4

34 years and still scary. by roberson2013
2 Words can describe this film (Creepy & Amazing!!)

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