Critic Consensus: Stephen King's televisual adaption of his own novel is more faithful than its cinematic counterpart, but unfortunately this miniseries is hobbled by a drab literalism of the text and cheesy effects that diminish the scares.
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The running time unwisely inflates this intimate story of a three-member family coming apart at the isolated hotel in the Colorado Rockies. The Stand was an epic. The Shining is not.
The most terrifying thing about this crap-fest was Steven Weber's acting.
Perhaps the flawed gem that is Stephen King's The Shining could never hope to match the greatness of Kubrick's film. Yet it still stands as a worthy companion piece.
A screen adaptation of a book can respect the original text and still be terrible. It can respect the author's wishes and still be terrible. Still, few adaptations are as openly awful as the TV version of The Shining.
This version is more faithful to the book -- six hours (with commercials) of lugubrious, slavish faithfulness.
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