Shining, The

Lists: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Psychological Thrillers, Sight And Sound Critics Top 250

Brief Synopsis: "Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within."

Overall Ranking: 705 (Rank from 1980: # 5)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 62.5%
Regular 18.75%
Half-Popped 12.5%
Stale 6.25%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review
Thomas Pollock100
Patrick Devitt100
Colin Flanagan97 - "The Shining" brings us not only Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece, but a Jack Nicholson that terrifies beyond belief.
Steve Habrat95 - Massive influential and sublimely scary. A must-see for horror fans.
(full review)
Dan O'Neill95(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik90
Jay of Life Vs Film90(full review)
Bryan Lienesch87 - It's a mind-melting horror show, and might've been darn near perfect had it been about 30 minutes shorter.
Sir M Hayes XIV85 - really awesome. Jack is perfect. The only thing I don't like about this is his wife, that actress or performance... ugh
Dave Examines Movies83(full review)
Jeremy M80 - I enjoyed it for what it was, but the book is a hundred times better. Most people know that I'm a shameless Stephen King fan and I love almost everything that he's ever written. King has mentioned time and time again that dealing with Kubrick was a huge pain in the ass during this movie because the guy was so pretentious about questioning King's work. Kubrick being rude as shit and hard to work with is what lead King to approach his own adaption of the book via The Shining mini-series that came out a long time ago.
Brandon H70 - Jack's acting saved it for me. It got overly long and classically Kubrickian, which I can take or leave
David Baruffi61
Carrie B50
Skooch30(full review)

People Involved

  • Jack Nicholson (Jack Torrance)
  • Shelley Duvall (Wendy Torrance)
  • Danny Lloyd (Danny Torrance)
  • Scatman Crothers (Dick Hallorann)
  • Barry Nelson (Stuart Ullman)
  • Philip Stone (Delbert Grady)
  • Joe Turkel (Lloyd the Bartender)
  • Anne Jackson (Doctor)
  • Stanley Kubrick (Director)