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Overall Rating

Awesome: 7.69%
Worth A Look: 17.31%
Average: 15.38%
Pretty Bad: 26.92%
Total Crap32.69%

2 reviews, 40 user ratings

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Shining, The (1997)
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by John Linton Roberson

"Just The Thing To Drive You To Drink"
1 stars

Proof once again that Stephen King has a tin eye for film and has no idea how to effectively adapt his own work.

This version has no mystery, no scares, and explains far, far too much at every twist and turn for fear even one person in the TV audience might be confused. This Danny is butt-faced and far too precocious, in fact making you wonder--given this Wendy(who, unlike the underrated Shelley Duvall version, one cannot see staying with Jack even a moment after he broke their child's arm) believes in Danny's powers--why they ended up going to the Overlook in the first place. The digital effects are laughably cheesy: a fire-hose with fangs that looks like something out of a razor commercial, and the hedge animals; speaking of which, how hard can it be to get the effect of beasts that only move when you're not looking? These look terrible, like blobs of green mercury sliding across the landscape. The ghosts all have blue skin and terrified me about as much as a cloudless sky. And Tony is shown here, and looks like John Denver. OOO, CREEPY! Add to this a diabetes-inducing ending that isn't in the book even, and you have a waste of 6 hrs. you could be doing something more useful, like drinking yourself to death.

It's accurate to the book--except the tunnel scene--but now we see that an accurate adaptation simply doesn't work in this case as a movie. Kubrick's is a masterpiece. This is prosaic, shallow and dumb. Don't see it.

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User Comments

10/02/16 morris campbell reread the book or watch the 1980 version 3 stars
6/11/16 harkin SK's was artful unscary crap. This one was artless, unscary crap. 2 stars
4/18/14 Bridget I could understand Danny Lloyd when he spoke at least! 3 stars
4/04/14 Bridget Hainline I couldn't understand Danny because actor Courtland Mead sounds like he has a bad cold 3 stars
12/11/12 Nellie Better than the 1980 version! 5 stars
8/18/10 Jason more true ot the book, but boring alot of the time.. shouldnt have been 6 hours 3 stars
6/14/10 randy h Hey everybody, what's-his-name is right: This Is Not A ReMake. It's a separate version. 3 stars
1/14/09 Shaun Wallner Very Boring! 1 stars
12/05/08 Rich This is what the film should have been all along. The other one was made up crap 5 stars
7/16/08 Farnsy BORING 2 stars
3/20/08 Ocrilat It would be difficult to make a spoof of the original Shining more (unintentionally) funny 2 stars
12/14/07 Phantom Lord Kubrick is an over rated WANK! Apart from the absence of Nicholson this is the better movie 4 stars
6/08/07 Simon Mc It's not a remake. It's an adaptation of the novel, and as such works pretty well. 4 stars
6/07/07 Tom Briggs A travesty of a film, entertaining like a car accident 1 stars
12/29/06 Jennifer Raven not as good as the first, some remakes are good, not this one 2 stars
12/09/06 Ron not a bad remake, but how do you really replace Jack Nickolson? 4 stars
11/20/06 chris. how can you expect much from one of the worst actors on wings?? 1 stars
9/17/06 JLRoberson "Piece. Of Shit. That's all you need to know." --Bill Hicks. 1 stars
7/14/06 David Cohen Jack in AA? Tony is a teen-ager? And Courtland Mead garbbles his lines. A big mess! 2 stars
6/08/06 Peggy Doty scary but good 5 stars
11/04/05 Meryl I love this movie way more than the original, perhaps because King is cooler than Kubrick. 5 stars
9/12/05 Total Crap Scary Bathtub lady. But that's it. Nothing compared to Kubrick's. 1 stars
9/01/05 Eden Either watch Kubricks brilliant but unfaithful version, or read the book. Forget this 1 stars
12/07/04 gerbilerba Well, Wendy is much hotter but this reeks of all that is unholy 2 stars
10/23/04 Mephisto Bwahahahaha.... 2 stars
10/20/04 bridget williams It's not his best but it was still good I give it a 4 4 stars
7/10/04 JLRoberson Awful, awful, oh my god so awful. 1 stars
4/22/04 Lord Durvok 2 Why does everyone hate this? 4 stars
3/23/04 Trannon Goble It's ok-- the original smokes this turkey. 3 stars
2/13/04 Dr.Lecter A complete, sappy joke. Pathetic 1 stars
1/26/04 Eric Except for Jack I like the cast and story bettethan the First one.Worth having both 4 stars
11/27/03 John a soap opera in a deserted hotel and not a horror film 1 stars
11/07/03 Samuel Didn't even come close to Kubrick's 3 stars
11/06/03 American Slasher Goddess Not as scary as Kubrick's film, but it is much more faithful to King's book. 4 stars
10/19/03 Jen Good film. 4 stars
10/10/03 Erik Van Sant Danny became a wood-chuck. That kid is un-watchable. Fucking terrible. 1 stars
9/22/03 Darryl Respectable performance from Weber. What rock was that hideous kid pulled out from under? 3 stars
7/03/03 Dr. Isaksson Crappy TV Movie of week stock, but Kubrick's wasn't too good either. So... 2 stars
7/03/03 John Linton Roberson Boring. Redundant. Long. Pointless. 1 stars
3/08/03 Jack Sommersby Better realized and acted than Kubrick's folly. 4 stars
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