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About the Movie
A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they’ll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out. NEITHER THIS FILM, NOR ANY VIEW OR OPINION EXPRESSED IN IT, NOR THE CONTEXT IN WHICH FILM FOOTAGE AND IMAGES ARE USED, IS APPROVED OR ENDORSED BY, OR IS IN ANY WAY ASSOCIATED WITH, THE KUBRICK 1981 TRUST, STANLEY KUBRICK’S FAMILY, WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC., OR ANYONE ELSE CONNECTED WITH THE MAKING OF THE MOTION PICTURE THE SHINING (“THE SHINING FILMMAKERS”). THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS DOCUMENTARY FILM ARE SOLELY THOSE OF THE COMMENTATORS IN IT AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF STANLEY KUBRICK OR THE SHINING FILMMAKERS.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 126
- Fresh: 118
- Rotten: 8
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A thrilling testament to the fact that art is - and should be - open to interpretation.
Fresh: I found most of what's actually put forth in the film interpretively ridiculous. But I'm just one theorist among millions, and the film worked for me anyway.
Fresh: It's about the human need for stuff to make sense - especially overpowering emotional experiences - and the tendency for some people to take that sense-making to extremes.
Fresh: There's enough real evidence supporting the theory that Kubrick was a genius, and that's pretty entertaining all by itself.
Thank you for ruining THE SHINING for me! I love the Kubrick masterpiece, but now it will be stained with the idiotic interpretations that infested my head by this documentary. None of the theories were worthy of analyzing such a great film. This documentary's revelations were as convincing as seeing a silhouette of Jesus on a piece of toast.
Never felt the need to write a review until watching this ridiculousness. Worst attempt I've ever seen. Whole film is narrated by ego centric idiots whose every line is such a stretch - no actual facts - just stupid guessing and obsessive analyzing. And of course, it's all about sex. So cliche it sounds like little kids made this film.
It's the eccentric interviewees that are fascinating not the details of their crack pot ideas and yet we never see them. Instead its just endless reconstructions of their theories using stock footage! This makes a potentially intriguing study of obsession ultimately disappointing.