The Shining

User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 526 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 526

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  1. Sep 25, 2014
    3
    Whoever called this movie a 'masterpiece' was only half right. It's a piece, all right, but a piece of... Well... you fill in the blank. Granted, Nicholson was great, as always, and Kubrick's direction - Though he's done much better - Is acceptable, outside of the casting of Shelley Duvall. Actually, it is she that is the major problem with this movie, and the kid who played the kidWhoever called this movie a 'masterpiece' was only half right. It's a piece, all right, but a piece of... Well... you fill in the blank. Granted, Nicholson was great, as always, and Kubrick's direction - Though he's done much better - Is acceptable, outside of the casting of Shelley Duvall. Actually, it is she that is the major problem with this movie, and the kid who played the kid doesn't help any. Discounting those items, it's got a good feel to it, and creates a creepy atmosphere. It's got a great music score, and excellent photography, but the script deviates too far from the book. With Nicholson as the star, and Kubrick as the director of a Stephen King story, I expected much, MUCH more. Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2012
    2
    Very slow and boring movie, I've ever seen. I actually fell asleep at the scene where danny is riding his bike. I want realy horror movie, not a b-budget, childish horror movie.
  3. KurtW.
    Jun 12, 2007
    1
    Possibly the dumbest movie I've seen. Not scary at all. The characters and their acting were laughably bad, especially the wife... every time she walked, talked or screamed, I could not take her seriously.
  4. Feb 13, 2016
    3
    This is a failed wanna be horror movie, it is not a masterpiece, and the only good thing on the movie is jack nicholson. Most important, the only common with the book, is the characters names and the hotel name.It is a disgrace to the book, avoid it at any cost.
  5. Jan 18, 2016
    2
    awful ............................................................................................................................................................... awful
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. 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."
  2. 88
    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.
  3. 40
    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.