films seen
12/13
average score
1.66*
nationality
USA - 70 years old
status
R.I.P. (1928 - 1999)
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Often cited as the best director of all time. Kubrick made some interesting films, but his overreliance on symbolism and his heavy-handed approach often works against his films. That said, there's really no way around his work.

The good stuff

Eyes Wide Shut

by Stanley Kubrick
Specifics
1999 / 159m - USA
Genre
Mystery, Thriller
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Eyes Wide Shut poster

The inoffensive

The Shining

by Stanley Kubrick
Specifics
1980 / 146m - USA
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Shining poster

A film that has lost some of its shine since I last watched it. The Shining is one of the most iconic horror films and those stand-out scenes (the elevator, the twins, the "Here's Johnny" moment) still stand proud today. It's everything that comes in between that seems to have lost a little polish.

Maybe I should've gone for the shorter European release, but many scenes felt a little dragged out. Performances were surprisingly poor too. Tony's voice is irritating, Nicholson could've turned it down a notch and Duvall is simply terrible. The whole "shining" ability feels tagged on as well, which is a bit odd for a film called The Shining.

The location is magnificent though. The barren mountains, the kitschy interiors of the hotel, the many colorful rooms. The camera work is solid too and the soundtrack is moody, though Kubrick relies too much on volume levels to create tension. It's certainly not a terrible film, but the cracks are really starting to show.

Dubious filler

Paths of Glory

by Stanley Kubrick
Specifics
1957 / 88m - USA
Genre
Drama, War
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Paths of Glory poster

Killer's Kiss

by Stanley Kubrick
Specifics
1955 / 67m - USA
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Killer's Kiss poster

Plain forgettable

Full Metal Jacket

by Stanley Kubrick
Specifics
1987 / 116m - USA
Genre
War
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Full Metal Jacket poster

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

by Stanley Kubrick
Specifics
1964 / 95m - USA
Genre
Comedy
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb poster

The Killing

by Stanley Kubrick
Specifics
1956 / 84m - USA
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Killing poster

Fear and Desire

by Stanley Kubrick
Specifics
1953 / 62m - USA
Genre
War
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Fear and Desire poster

Big nopes

A Clockwork Orange

by Stanley Kubrick
Specifics
1971 / 136m - UK
Genre
Sci-fi, Crime
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
A Clockwork Orange poster

2001: A Space Odyssey

by Stanley Kubrick
Specifics
1968 / 149m - UK
Genre
Sci-fi, Adventure
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
2001: A Space Odyssey poster

Irritation overload

Barry Lyndon

by Stanley Kubrick
Specifics
1975 / 185m - UK
Genre
War
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
Barry Lyndon poster

Spartacus

by Stanley Kubrick
Specifics
1960 / 197m - USA
Genre
Drama
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
Spartacus poster