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The Shining

  R Closed Captioning

Stanley Kubrick

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Plot Summary

All work and no play makes Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson ("As Good As It Gets," "Batman"), the caretaker of an isolated resort, go way off the deep end, terrorizing his young son and wife Shelley Duvall ("Roxanne"). Master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's ("Full Metal Jacket," "2001: A Space Odyssey") visually haunting chiller, based on the bestseller by master-of-suspense Stephen King ("The Stand," "Carrie," "The Shawshank Redemption"), is an undeniable contemporary classic. Newsweek Magazine calls this "the first epic horror film," full of indelible images, and a signature role for Nicholson whose character was recently selected by AFI for its' 50 Greatest Villains.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 62
  • Fresh: 57
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 8.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Kubrick isn't out for screams, but he manages to make his movie thoroughly unnerving by keeping the horror so close to home. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Kubrick has made a movie that will have to be reckoned with on the highest level. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Oct 21, 2010

Fresh: The movie is not about ghosts but about madness and the energies it sets loose in an isolated situation primed to magnify them. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Oct 21, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Amazing film. Horrible downloading

This is probably the best horror film ever made, but don't expect a torture-porn, gross-out movie like Saw — this is more of a deeply twisted thriller than what people usually call "horror" these days.


There is something wrong with the iTunes files. I've been downloading the HD for 2 days now and it says it will take another 70,000 hours (!). There's something wrong with the files — no, it's not my connection or my computer — I download HD from iTunes all the time.


Very scary & the scenery is beautiful.

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What is there to say? This is a classic. One of the best horror/thrillers ever made. If you have not seen this movie already, then don't bother. You have bigger problems with your life.

The Shining
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 1980

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