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Doctor Sleep Reviews

November 8, 2019
"Doctor Sleep" feels like the logical continuation to Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of "The Shining."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 8, 2019
Whichever route you prefer to take to the Overlook Hotel, there are better directions available than those prescribed by Doctor Sleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 8, 2019
I think what I respected the most about Doctor Sleep is that it does feel like it's trying to be its own film for as long as it can.
November 8, 2019
An itch to play a few too many of the greatest hits softens the impact of the ride. But make no mistake: "Doctor Sleep" shines.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 8, 2019
Part homage to Kubrick's moody atmospherics, and part hyper-literal superhero story, "Doctor Sleep" is stylish, engrossing, at times frustratingly illogical and, ultimately less than profoundly unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 8, 2019
From the opening shots and synth notes to a spectacularly chilling closing scene, Doctor Sleep makes a convincing case for its own greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 8, 2019
The push to echo Kubrick works well in the limited early dose we're given, but ultimately the movie takes it too far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 8, 2019
Doctor Sleep is wonderfully reverent when it comes to Kubrick's film, but that means it can't escape The Shining's shadow, no matter how much King might have wanted it to.
November 8, 2019
I only wish that Rose had been around when Jack Torrance was on the rampage. What a lovely couple they'd have made.
November 7, 2019
A tip of the REDRUM to Doctor Sleep and to Ewan McGregor's memorable performance for giving us the opportunity to catch up with Danny Torrance in a most satisfying manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2019
For all its missteps, including a comic-book tone at times, the film's humanity continually pulls you in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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November 7, 2019
Like poor Danny, the film cannot escape its ghosts.
November 7, 2019
When it confidently hits its stride near the middle, "Doctor Sleep" is gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2019
The sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' relies way too much on borrowed inspiration and eventually runs out of steam. But this flawed hybrid of Kubrick and Stephen King still has the stuff to keep you up nights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2019
When a film with so much going for it -- from the first-rate cast to the meaty premise -- basically unravels and loses steam, it's a reminder that the challenge of wrestling one of King's epic books into a genuinely satisfying movie can be, well, redrum.
November 7, 2019
Doctor Sleep could probably never fully stand on its own, and perhaps it's not meant to. It's a horror film with messy pleasures if you're able to meet it on its own level.
November 7, 2019
It's usually hard to quantify the quality of a movie, but in the case of "Doctor Sleep," it's easy: Precisely two-thirds of it is good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 7, 2019
It just leaves you starving for something better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 7, 2019
And while one can sometimes feel Flanagan struggling to satisfy both King and Kubrick fans when he really should be trusting his own vision, he's talented enough to pull off this difficult blend of legacies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2019
It's a frightfully regular approach to moviemaking today that should, at the very least, have the sense not to mess with Kubrick. All sequels and no originals make us all dull boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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November 6, 2019
[Flanagan's] become a horror director who gives in to happy endings, who wants to slam the lid shut and assure us that the ghosts are gone for good.
November 6, 2019
This screen adaptation feels like a clumsy hybrid.
November 6, 2019
Although Doctor Sleep is flawed, it's arguably the best of a surprisingly strong group of movies that prove King's enduring popularity as he enters his sixth decade as a professional writer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 6, 2019
Nearly 40 years later, this adaptation of King's 2013 book "Doctor Sleep" doesn't so much tarnish Kubrick as embarrass itself.
November 6, 2019
With Doctor Sleep, no room is left to doubt that the good characters merit sympathy and the bad ones deserve to suffer. That would be fine in a fairytale, if it were short and sweet enough, but it seems a meagre vision for two and a half hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 5, 2019
"Doctor Sleep" is a monumental achievement of tension, suspense, forgiveness and sacrifice I'm not soon to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 5, 2019
"Doctor Sleep" should have let "The Shining" rest in peace.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 4, 2019
For all the fresh originality of the first half, why do we have to retread Kubrick's film again? Leashing the film adaptation so closely to Kubrick's film is a missed opportunity for this story to realize the full mystical potential promised.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2019
By the time the nude old lady from The Shining appears on the fourth and final occasion in this earnest, uneven and hopelessly derivative sequel, you'll want get her a towel, a cuppa and a pair of slippers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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November 3, 2019
Compounding the already considerable disconnect between King's two stories, Doctor Sleep can't always seem to decide if it wants to be its own thing or a kind of throwback fetish object, a tribute to the cult of Kubrick.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 3, 2019
For the most part, the adaptation and abbreviation from the book is smart and deft.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 1, 2019
Doctor Sleep is too busy being tossed between the triadic worlds of Kubrick, King, and Flanagan.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 31, 2019
Credible in its characterisation, rich in mythological detail, and touchingly sincere in its treatment of alcoholism and trauma, the film is impressive in all sorts of ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2019
It's not a good verdict on a brand new Stephen King-based horror movie that the only real fun we have is in re-experiencing bits from its 40-year-old predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 30, 2019
It's no The Shining, but maybe that is just another way of saying that it is something different.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2019
A flat Frankenstein of a fright flick that stops and starts with frustrating regularity as it tries to memorialize the horror maestro's newer story elements while tipping a filmic hat to what the late cinema god etched into our brains.
October 30, 2019
Doctor Sleep aims for redemption - it's Feel-Good Horror - but the scary hotel is just a scary hotel now. And not even so scary, when you've seen it all before.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 30, 2019
Flanagan's real coup is taking us on an imaginative ride, making head-spinning sallies through space, and not feeling cramped by a single source of inspiration but embracing the lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2019
In a way that poignantly echoes the plight of young Danny himself, the new movie sometimes brings to mind a child caught between two quarreling parents, and attempting to stage a reconciliation.
October 30, 2019
It's nothing to go channeling your inner Jack Nicholson and chopping through doors. But Flanagan's "Doctor Sleep" respects both King's and Kubrick's visions while letting a rising horror master go his own way, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 30, 2019
Despite some big moments, this seems cumbersome and unnecessary: a dimming of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 30, 2019
"Doctor Sleep" never manages to find the balance its cinematic high-wire act demands.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 30, 2019
You could call it fan service, if the service is to teach fans that mimicking Stanley Kubrick's chilly elegance -- and even reshooting scenes from the original film with lookalike actors, a crime bordering on sacrilege -- doesn't make your take as scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 30, 2019
I found myself lured into a movie that dares to depict evil as something that makes us suck in our breath.
October 30, 2019
Just when things threaten to slow to a stall, you can count on Ferguson to roar to the occasion to shake you; when she's around, she's the whole show, threatening, cajoling, erotically boiling when prey is at hand.