MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 337 this week

Room 237 (I) (2012)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 11,130 users   Metascore: 80/100
Reviews: 90 user | 256 critic | 30 from Metacritic.com

An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 05 Sep 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 05 Jun 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 09 Jan 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 33 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Room 237" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Room 237 (2012)

Room 237 (2012) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Room 237.
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Cropsey (2009)
Documentary | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

Directors: Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman
Stars: Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio, Bill Ellis
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley
Stars: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky
The Imposter (2012)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton
Stars: Adam O'Brian, Anna Ruben, Cathy Dresbach
Blackfish (2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg
Side by Side (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director: Christopher Kenneally
Stars: Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus, Andrzej Bartkowiak
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Director: Morgan Neville
Stars: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer
Catfish (2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Stars: Yaniv Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his business in the Ginza Tokio Subway station, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb
Stars: Jiro Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bill Blakemore ...
Himself
Geoffrey Cocks ...
Himself
Juli Kearns ...
Herself
John Fell Ryan ...
Himself
Jay Weidner ...
Himself
Stephen Brophy ...
Cast
Ash Brophy ...
Csst
Buddy Black ...
Cast
Buffy Visick ...
Cast
Sam Walton ...
Cast (as Samuel Walton)
Edit

Storyline

A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within 'Stanley Kubrick (I)' 's Kubrick''s film The Shining (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they'll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Some movies stay with you forever...and ever...and ever.

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 October 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A 237-es szoba  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$29,693 (USA) (29 March 2013)

Gross:

$259,765 (USA) (10 May 2013)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Leon Vitali, former assistant to Stanley Kubrick, dismissed the theories in this film as "gibberish," saying they are entirely without merit. See more »

Goofs

Bill Blakemore mistakenly attributes a literary quotation. "History is a nightmare from which I'm trying to awake" is from James Joyce's Ulysses, not from anything by T. S. Eliot. See more »

Connections

Features The White Buffalo (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Intro and Dies
Comppsed and Performed by Wendy Carlos (BMI)
Atriculations by Rachel Elkind
by Arrangement with Serendip LLC
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
a delightfully mad view into the world of just some obsessive nerds
4 December 2012 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

There's only so much you can say when talking about a documentary, particularly one that is about film itself, but the sheer range of emotions one experiences while watching Room 237 is as wild as many of the theories being espoused on the screen.

This is a delightfully mad view into the world of just some obsessive nerds (three out of the five who contribute to this have identical voices) who feel they have unlocked an elusive film by an even more elusive filmmaker.

It makes sense given Kubrick's own obsessive level of detail in his films that there can feasibly exist a sub-cult of obsessive pouring over the meaning of these details, and here we really get the full range of interpretation.

Some of the claims (the holocaust or fake moon landings apologies for instance) are downright bizarre and at times infuriating (something about faces in clouds) but never to a point where you stop being interested in what these misfits have to say.

Other theories are actually a lot more self-evident than their orators claim.

Of course the hotel is as just a disorientating maze as the literal hedge one outside, the film is supposed to be disorientating and of course this film is about the past and highlights the white-man's burden, the bloodshed of the native Americans haunts the film, and Colorado, throughout.

But some fascinating results still come from the experiments these interpretations require to give any kind of legitimacy.

The particular highlight is the idea of the film being played forwards and backwards simultaneously, which creates some incredible coincidences.

So in the end, this is a particularly enjoyable exercise in how interpretations can shape-shift, in any great art form, once boiled down to the sum of its parts, something Vladimir Nabokov (whose classic Lolita was directed by Kubrick) takes much pleasure beyond the grave in letting people get lost in the labyrinth references he created within his art.

This film provides the idea that Kubrick is probably up there laughing with him. www.ravechild.co.uk


37 of 61 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
People are misinterpreting this documentary ckanelevy
For Those That Dont Get It: Room 237 is a CRITICAL THEORY Documentary apaskevi-1
What utter utter twaddle, don't waste your time. aidanjbanks
Proves Moon Landing Was Fake? aaron4885
HORRIBLE DOCUMENTARY garybeta
Interviewer with crying baby stuman201
Discuss Room 237 (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?