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Room 237

  • Starring: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Jay Weidner, John Fell Ryan, Juli Kearns
  • Director: Rodney Ascher
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 102 mins.

A documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining which continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery more than thirty years after its release. Using voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments, Room 237 investigates five very different points of view drawing the audience into a new maze, one with many ways in, but no way out. Brook Linder calls it “Stellar.”

"Unique and at times profound, it's a reminder of how much Kubrick left for us to appreciate in his work, and how the greatest films always leave something more to be discovered with each viewing. "
- Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"Like “The Shining” and its maze within a maze, Mr. Ascher’s movie is something of a labyrinth. Puzzling your way through its compilation of vaguely lucid and crackpot ideas is pleasurable though, for avid movie lovers, it may also feel like a warning. "
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"Room 237 makes perfect sense of "The Shining" because, even more than "The Shining" itself, it places you right inside the logic of how an insane person thinks. "
- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Handsomely produced and never less than hugely entertaining, Ascher's film is catnip for Kubrickians and critics both professional and otherwise. "
- Rob Nelson, Variety
"The effect of Room 237 is intense. It’s a deep dive into the rabbit hole of semiotics, designed to train viewers to become alert to what they’re really seeing. "
- Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
"Room 237, which goes into national distribution this weekend, may be the surpassingly eccentric — and enormously entertaining — film that Kubrick deserves. "
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Ascher's unique and unforgettable film is a tribute to movie love. I couldn't have liked it more. "
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone