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Reviews: Room 237 (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Il film e’ curioso, divertito, folle e paranoico, come solo gli americani sanno essere e dimostra anche che un film puo’ davvero sconvolgere la vita, fino a perdervisi completamente al suo interno.
  • Jason Bailey @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: With any other filmmaker, this stuff would just sound absurd. With Kubrick, who knows?
  • Joshua Brunsting @ CriterionCast
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This documentary will entertain everyone from film junkies to conspiracy theorists and those who like to debunk them as Ascher spreads his net to include everything from the most provocative ideas to blatant bunkum.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: The important thing to note about Room 237 is that it’s not a documentary about The Shining as a film, but about the infinite versions of The Shining that exist in the eyes and minds of individual viewers. In a sense, it cuts to the very heart of how we relate to art: a single, objective work which creates a subjective response in each individual who experiences it.
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com
    • Excerpt: Define irony: an attempt to clarify a deeply layered movie by creating and shallow and convoluted documentary spawned by conspiracy theorists.
  • Ali Gray @ TheShiznit.co.uk
    • Excerpt: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Shining.
  • A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: In an addictive, late-night, YouTube-surfing tradition, “Room 237” does a brilliant job of snapping viewers to attention.
  • Kenneth R. Morefield @ 1More Film Blog
    • Excerpt: Room 237 wants to have it both ways. It invites us (for the most part) to laugh at the most outlandish while simultaneously suggesting the the less outlandish is worth our attention because something is there
  • John Nesbit @ Old School Reviews
    • Excerpt: Kubrick fans and movie geeks will want to check this film out as soon as possible
  • Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies
    • Excerpt: Filmmaker Rodney Ascher’s amusingly off-kilter, observant and contemplative documentary Room 237 certainly proves that wild imaginations, sophisticated forethought, crafted misinterpretations and selective conspiracy theories can be artfully applied to almost anything that enthusiastically tickles the passion of an obsessive individual.
  • [New – 10/3] | Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: I never thought a movie could replicate the experience of being on an internet message board, but the documentary Room 237 essentially does just that.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Is Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic The Shining really about the holocaust? Can it be used to prove that the moon landing was a hoax?
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Its findings within The Shining” – whether true or false – represent an abundant treasure trove of movie-geek giddiness gold. “
  • Norm Schrager @ Film Racket
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A clever cinematic example of the postmodernist view of the infinite number of interpretations that can be applied to any discourse by its readers.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:27 am

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