Parents' Guide to

The Shining

By Kevin John Bozelka, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Kubrick's suspenseful horror classic is violent and dark.

Movie R 1980 144 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 90 parent reviews

age 14+

Intense, Psychological and Scary Kubrik Classic.

Violence: 5/5- The film is about Jack's decent into madness which is very disturbing. A man tries to kill his wife and son with an axe. Killing with an axe, not overly bloody. Blood rushes out an elevator, the scene is shown a few times but only lasts a few seconds. Scary twins, who are creepy characters and are shown covered in blood with wounds. Scary naked rotting lady in a bathtub. Bruses on a child. Implied abuse. Injury detail. A murder suicide is described. Reference to cannibalism. Sex 3/5- Nudity, though the scene is scary not sexy. Kissing. Mostly off screen oral sex from a man in a bear suit to the bar tender. The scene only lasts 3 seconds. Language 4/5- Frequent use fu*k, shit, asshole. Drinking, Smoking, drugs 4/5- Implied that a man used to be an alcoholic. Drinking and smoking. Role Models: 4/5 Wendy is strong and will do anything to protect her son. Great film, which will leave you in a way frightened. Excellent camera work and a career defining performance from Jack Nicholson.
age 18+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (90 ):
Kids say (394 ):

Director Stanley Kubrick can make your own living room seem creepy and unfamiliar. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the freak-out factor is unnaturally high in THE SHINING, Kubrick's 1980 film of Stephen King's celebrated horror novel.

At first, the film feels a bit empty. Nicholson's Jack seems nutty from frame one, providing little arc for his character. Each character sees visions, leaving the audience no easy points of identification. The apparitions seem to know more about the story than we do, fostering some very real twists and turns. Kubrick constantly pulls the rug out from under us in relation to what is real and what is not. This film is truly one of the scariest movies of all time and is not for the faint of heart. Teens might be drawn to this movie for its one-of-a-kind menacing atmosphere. However, it's inappropriate for kids.

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