Doctor Sleep (2019) - Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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Years following the events of "The Shining," a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Mike Flanagan
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson
Length: 152 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 55 out of 379 found boring (14.51%)

One-line Reviews (238)

The past few years taught me that sequels always turn out bad, suprise suprise, this is NOT one of 'em, on the contrary, it was totaly entertaining to watch.

It was pointless bringing back characters such as Wendy and Jack as they weren't acted that well and came across as laughable.

Then his friend is nowhere to be found while she is about to kill him until the cliché close eyes gunshot, bad guy gets shot scene.


Ewan McGregor showed his acting prowess, as well as Kyliegh Curran's role As Abra was refreshingly enjoyable.

Very good enjoyable follow up.

Moments of sheer repulsive dread and mind blowing amazement.

Right before the half way mark it picked up and became very entertaining and creepy.

Doctor Sleep is absolutely riveting, which is saying a lot given that I've read the novel twice and expectations being EXTREMELY HIGH from being a long time fan of Kubrick's The Shining as well as the original novel from King.

A very enjoyable 2 hours This one sneeked up on us

It's entertaining enough.

Was very enjoyable to the end.

Loved loved this movie, I had no idea if it was gonna be any good especially with recent Stephen King adaptions so when I saw this yesterday I was overwhelmed with joy, it was fascinating, full of interesting moments, dark in tone, great nods to the shining movie classic, interesting new characters, really good bad guys, really good good guys, they should make a TV series to follow up this moive.

While good, the scenes leading up to the ending are a bit predictable, and the 'showdown' (remember, good vs.

Literally havent been that bored during a movie in soo long.

At the end of the movie, I realized it was called Doctor sleep because it is so boring that it can make an insomniac fall asleep from boredom.

When writing a villain, there are basically two paths for success: either make the "bad guy" a compelling character with whom the audience can create some sort of empathy with and understand where he/she comes from, or turn him/her into a menacing, powerful, scary force that makes us fear for our heroes.

While the first half may seemed dragged out and a slow burner, I - as a film maker - can understand why.

Amazingly, this 2 1/2 hour film has very little slow spots - it moves briskly along, covers a lot of ground, and you can feel the malevolence of the atmosphere in every scene.

I read Stephen King's sequel to The Shining and thoroughly enjoyed it when it was first published.

Flanagan, who was responsible for two exceptional horror films of this era, 2013's OCULUS and 2016's BEFORE I WAKE, very cagily crosses both of King's interrelated novels and the many merits of Kubrick's movie into a very sinister and suspenseful mix of the supernatural and psychological.

Doctor sleep is Chilling and suspenseful.

What a suspenseful and terrifying film.

The swooshing and whooshing of the adrenaline rush that warps these characters to their self-created reality and the deafening snapping of reality that wakes them up.

I wrote all these last paragraphs not to complain about the movie's being too slow, too long, or too dull.

That said the movie is paced very well, slow burn that builds all the way to the last 20 min or so then kinda stumbles over into the original film for no reason.

There are a few intense moments with the villains (Primarily Rose the Hat and Snakebite Andi) that made me absolutely hate them (which is a good thing).

Should be called..You Will Fall Asleep .

In summary: two hours and a half boring movie.

It was so enjoyable.

All together it makes for a great film worth watching.

Most boring movie ever made.

Very boring .

Both cross the 140-minute mark, and both purposefully employ slow pacing.

Fuelled with malevolence, Ferguson's deranged antagonist serves as one of Doctor Sleep's most exciting performances, and she's an absolute joy to watch.

Dull and a bit sick .

Constantly entertaining and kept wondering wtf was going to happen next.

Doctor fall asleep .

Very enjoyable film all the way through, Rebecca Ferguson with a slight Irish accent really did it for me, she was great as the leader of a notorious cult that acts strangely around young children.

But all that said, it was an excellent and compelling story, with much original content and an appropriate dash of Kubrick to complete the experience.

Very thrilling and dramatic.

In the end, Doctor Sleep might be the first sequel/remake/reboot/whatever to a cult classic movie that doesn't diminish the original, disgracefully copies it or takes something away from it, while actually being an individually great film with a captivating narrative and compelling leads, plus the right amount of homages to the classic.

The story-line is solid and engaging enough, although those unfamiliar with the book and looking for outright horror and gore, will find little satisfaction.

But all in all it was a very enjoyable movie, much better than IT 2.

A tedious "Shining" sequel deficient in real tension and dread .

I really enjoyed it, but I think it was more enjoyable for me due to nostalgia and longing for more after having seen The Shining just prior.

I say this because when I walked out of the theater I felt more like I just watched a Fantasy/adventure film than a horror movie.

In the hospital Azzie stayed waiting on an empty bed ...

Not that The Shining was boring, but it is a very slow film.

but also incredibly unpredictable which makes her all the more terrifying.

I give it a 9/10 and I really enjoyed it.

Overall, it's a complete movie with stunning visuals, great acting, good story telling, direction and a beautiful music score to accompany it that brought back nostalgic memories back of The Shinning for me.

Incredibly boring, uninteresting and utterly uninventive sequel.

Danny's scenes with Abra, played wonderfully by newcomer Kyliegh Curran, were so nice to watch, and it was fascinating seeing how they use their Shining powers to interact with each other.

Enjoyable Sequel to The Shining .

Overall this is a great sequel and as a longtime King fan I highly enjoyed it and consider it to be one of the best film adaptations in recent years.

The shining power that Dan possesses, along with the messages scrawled on the wall day after day, would leave anyone in confusion who hasn't read the book or watched the original film.

If you want more than 2 hours spend very fast and exciting, do not miss it!

Its compelling, suspenseful, tense and definitely keeps you guessing.

The cinematography in conjunction with it's colour palette is visual stunning and immersive.

I've literally lost count of the times I've watched the shining over the years, BUT did the torture and murder of the young boy really have to be quite so disturbing and intense?

Seen The Shining years ago on DVD & found it to be pretty boring, slow & not really as great as many were saying.

Doctor Sleep, made me sleepy......

" On the other hand, "Doctor Sleep" just feels tedious.

Ah yes, some jump scares have helped me stay awake too, especially for the good quality and the very high volume of the speakers in the theatre.

but to my amazement tis films starts just ok with all these flashbacks without the original actors, then it improves with Mcgregor and Ferguson and it ends up beautifully with the black shining girl and the unexpected connection with the Overlook.

The pacing is spot on, a couple of truly harrowing and impactful scenes and stunning visuals throughout.

I enjoyed it from start to finish, i love how they incorporated things from the original movie, im sure sooner or later someone will "deepfake" the original characters into it once it is available for purchase which will make this movie even more perfect.

When the movie is being its own thing, it's entertaining and unique, the kind of horror that's not really made anymore.

Impressive and exciting.

Close to boring .

As a horror film, this film is fortunately not filled with too many simple jump scares, but Mike Flanagan, just like Stanley Kubrick, manages to keep the film exciting with an uncertain and horrible atmosphere.

The pacing in this film is definitely slow in the beginning and picks up the pace towards the end.

On top of all of this there's even an implied bromance between Danny and Billy which is as intriguing as it's subtle.

Doctor Sleep is a strong example of turning the horrific concepts of Stephen King's literature into moving pictures and getting it right thanks to two intriguing leads, haunting atmosphere and a good blend of the familiar with something more recent.

What a mess, is so confusing .

So overall then, it's not as good as The Shining, but as an expansion of the original story it is pretty good and as long as you're patient you should find it reasonably enjoyable.

Rose is a quite terrifying creature, her smile lulls her victims before she strikes, her sidekick Snakebite Andi (Emily Alyn Lind) can control peoples mind, looking like an innocent teenager.

Not close to The Shinning, quite enjoyable, and a little bit off track.

The movie doesn't seem to know that either, dragging out the third act for far too long than is necessary.

It also has some genuinely scary and suspenseful moments throughout.

But all around the final act is very entertaining.

Boring .

Just the worst movie I have ever seen in my 41 years on this earth.

Large stretches of the film pass by with virtually no keyp lot or character development not explored in other scenes, and the film feels repetitive and like it's going nowhere after a while until we get close to the climax.

I was so pleased to not be displeased by this imaginative, creative and entertaining follow up to 'The Shining'.

It was very entertaining, action packed filled with many unknowns.

The story-line is hard to follow, while simple, the dragged out pacing & lethargic story telling made the story harder to understand.

In a thrilling set of events, Dan protects Abra from The True Knot until the third act when he faces Rose the Hat.

Well my my my, Doctor Sleep, what a thrilling return to the overlook you were.

The movie had a rather slow start in my opinion, picking up a little energy as we're reintroduced to a now-adult Dan Torrance who, not surprisingly, developed an alcohol problem of his own.

To me, it is more like an intense drama about good vs evil, with a couple of well-done 'end-of-life' scenes thrown in.

Though the film was so engaging that it covered the cost.

Extremely entertaining.

I was frustrated by only two scenes at the old hotel that contrived to cement the links between this sequel and the original, I just felt this was just not needed.

It was just three hours of nonsense and then people saying "hey do you remember the shining" and you'd sigh and say "yeah I remember the shining.

As I said up top, though, it's an entertaining affair in its own right.

good and intense movie .


But the plot is a little slow for me and lacked punch.

Dull .

While Doctor Sleep is a somewhat drawn-out and, mostly, slow-moving film, it still has enough to it, to not lose one's attention.

The drawback with this film lies with the length of it and how drawn out it feels as a whole.

But aside from that, the film dragged too much unfortunately & was more of a chore to watch.

I found the story line confusing and hard to follow.

It is not perfect of course, but I found it more engaging than the cinematic adaptation of "The Shining".

Although the 'Vampire' type characters are a real tangent to the Shining universe, trying to tie them into the backdrop (late in the film) to the Hotel was just as contrived as it was lame.

Yet if you red The Shinning Novel or Doctor Sleep, the movie will get you on the edge of your seat until the last frame.

If you are one who enjoys more jump scares and fast paced, non complicated storylines, then this, my friend, is definitely not for you.

I had my doubts when I saw that arguably the worst actor on the planet was in this & they were confirmed last night when I sat through this drivel..the story plods along,full of dull characters,a leading villain with no charisma and worst of all the return to the Overlook hotel to really hammer home the classless-ness of this entire project..i'm only amazed that McGregor didn't batter down a door with his chopper & yell "heeeeeere's Danny".

Boring story with no sense, a little bit of political agenda and not a single terror scene that is worth mentioning.

It's not a bad movie, in fact I rather enjoyed it.

Waste of money and time .

An awful disappointment & very boring.

because it momentarily breaks the tension of this very engrossing movie.

All in all, I think it's a worthy successor to Kubrick and a really enjoyable night at the cinema.

The cat and mouse main story of the child and Rebecca Ferguson's villainous character keeps you on the edge of the seat.

This movie, although a direct sequel, feels separate from The Shining and while it was an entertaining and sometimes even an emotional watch, I left the theatre somewhat dissatisfied.

This movie is pointless, i almost left in the middle of Dr. Makeyousleep.

The rest of the cast are the typical pretentious hipster actor's guild of contemporary Hollywood.

Enjoyed it a little more than I thought .

If you're a fan of Stephen Kings drug induced crap, you know, the fictitious drivel, that qualifies as a book nowadays, then I guess you will waste you're money on this no matter what.

It's probably King's fault, but the bland story never seems to find its footing while slowly building up an excuse to go visit the Overlook Hotel.

It's disjointed , ridiculous, totally unbelievable & most of all extremely over done & dull.

Different Experience Than The Shining, But Still Worth Watching .

Through its lofty scenes of psychic warfare and intense character beats, Doctor Sleep is anchored by a wealth of strong performances.

Mind blowing magic, and disturbing murder.

It has a lot of characters to establish and the way it does so can be a bit tonally confusing and difficult to follow with the surprising number of leaps through time it makes.

Where the original was a master-class in narrative, cinematography and acting, DS just feels drawn out and uninspired.

I thought this Film was so slow and mixed up I was so bored i fell asleep what a waist of time..Stanley Kubrick would be turning in his grave at this one..I should have painted a door and watched it dry that would've been more enjoyable.

Idk what i watch but It was fast and boring

The problem I had with them was that much of it was overshadowed by some confusion on what was actually happening and what was occurring in someone's mind as a result of the shining power.

I really enjoyed it, a lot, although I wish they had started with a remake of The Shining followed by this - much like they did with IT...

Besides those 2 complaints the movie was entertaining and creepy enough to follow up on the Shinning.

Two hours of dry storyline without even remotely being scary, thrilling, horrifying, or suspenseful.

It is quite enjoyable and managed to keep me interest throughout even if it was 2 and a half hours long.

It's a movie about people with mind powers, but with cheap jumpscares and a few boring predictable action scenes.

I'll be back to update after a second watch, but until then - only go watch if you're really bored in one of the other previously mentioned categories.

Creepy and entertaining .

It's always engaging and, sometimes, even surprisingly poignant.

Gripping scenes .

While the pace of "The Shining" was slow, it was slow in a great way, as in "slow-burn to build up maximum suspense and dramatic tension.

Mike Flanagan did his job very well and he writes a love letter to the prequel via the making with stunning visuals and the connectivity.

Who knows, maybe the book is more exciting.

Written and directed by Mike Flanagan (from the novel by Stephen King) this is a thrilling work of Horror which you will remember long after the final credits roll.

It's just the same boring movie again and staying true to the book just isn't working at all.

It's long, baggy and inconsistent but, when it's working, it's enjoyable and somewhat suspenseful.

To further exacerbate this, the "work" that is being put out as entertainment is childish, boring, poorly written nonsense meant for the dumbing down of America.

Though the way it works is that the film establishes its story in an intriguing, compelling way before delivering fan service, which came in the form of the classic theme from The Shining, which played when Dan took Abra to the Overlook hotel for the final showdown with Rose the Hat.

A little slow at the beginning in the same style as the original movie.

The Shining has been one of my favourite films for 30+ years and this continuation on Kings literary works is a snorefest, immaculate.

The scene where Danny talks to Jack as the bartender (this scene surprised me in the best way) was moving and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Despite knowing I'd be bored on a second watch, it serves as a necessary lag allowing us to deeply know who and what we're dealing with, which in turn makes the following acts of the narrative more impactful.

Yes I know, research proves that alcoholism runs in families, but it seems a bit uneventful and even forced in this case that this is what ultimately becomes of the little boy on the tricycle that we all remember from Kubrick's movie.

Some good effects especially the way Psychic Vampires die, the Steam rushing out of them as they vanish leaving empty clothes behind.

The film is more exciting than really scary.

The tact Flanagan takes with this adaptation will be alienating to many however as it does veer more and more into self-indulgent territory as the runtime creeps along to 2 and a half hours and it's hard to suggest that Doctor Sleep fully warrants its long in the tooth runtime, that could've benefited from a solid 20 to 30 minute trim.

Though whilst Ferguson's performance is entertaining, the surrounding history doesn't carry the same weight as that of the Overlook hotel.

this was boring, I kept yawning.

It's mundane.

Anyone else are either poor victims of the True Knot clan's tricks or minor leads that are only effective depending on what happens in the story, yet the film's lead duo are so engaging that one could forgive their appearances for being so abrupt.

Oh man, people actually yawn at the end.

Though the characters are all quite basic and, dare I say, dull, they're developed a decent amount and are compelling enough to keep you invested in their journey.

One of the worst films ever to slow and boring and its on for far to long

Definitely worth watching.

Triumph in horror, very entertaining.

What I also found fascinating about the cast was the recasting for the older characters instead of the previous actors from The Shining as they obviously could not recreate their roles nearly 40 years later (there is a cameo you'll spot quick if you know).

The story & script are brilliant, engaging and executed perfectly - expanding on the characters we know and love whilst simultaneously introducing us to new ones equally fantastic.

The way this film is crafted as a slow burn is precisely what I expected from director Mike Flanagan, known for The Haunting of Hill House.

In conclusion, this movie was excellent definitely one of the highlights of this 2019, I recommend it for most people whether they're Shining fans or not, it would just be far more enjoyable for someone who sees the cinematic genius of The Shining.

A solid follow-up to the horror classic that respectfully continues the story with entertaining results .

And it made me a dull boy.

Complete 100% Boring .

Establishing a name for himself with solid horror outings such as Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil and the rightfully praised Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House, Flanagan brings a steady hand to Doctor Sleep that helps ensure that it constantly feels polished and well-put together, with its surprisingly slowly paced and thoughtful beginnings a highlight, supported well by some neatly conjured up moments of terror and even some frighteningly well staged recreations of the Overlook Hotel.

Doctor snore fest .

It's boring and too long.

If we watch a film with cyclical jump scares, we're going to forget about it as soon as we leave the theater.

I'm just trying to help everyone understand why the film might feel slower and (much) longer, while protecting its story because the screenplay is indeed extremely well-written.

The Shining is one of my favourite films and still remains a pretty terrifying film so clearly Doctor Sleep had a lot to live up to; it was always going to be a tall order to go toe to toe with its predecessor and the truth is that it is not as good, but in some ways it is its own beast which is the main reason its worth watching...

The movie was a very suspenseful film, with great characters, acting, superb directing and camera work.

Worst movie ever, after jaws 3D and jaws 4 .

Watching this movie was like going out with a really boring guy who keeps bringing up your ex boyfriend who you're still in love with.

His direction is always suspenseful.

Despite some sequences venturing into boredom...

A thrilling return to the Overlook .


However, the third act, whilst satisfying overall is a bit too self indulgent and reliant on nostalgia.

In addition to the slow pacing not working as well as in the original, The True Knot group is the big stumble in an otherwise pretty consistent screenplay.

The film also lacks the genuine suspense and tension of the original, since this tediousness impedes on any sense of impending dread.

Having said that, was really entertaining throughout and one of my favorites of the year.

Dull, long, badly written, edited and partially acted.

to confusing .

Doctor Sleep is also visually stunning and feels genuinely innovative in some scenes.

Overall, its a great movie, fun, intriguing, interesting, eerie and terrifying in many ways!

It's certainly an exciting journey with instances of some amazing cinematography (a sequence involving Rose scouring the night sky is a particularly captivating, dream-like moment), and Flanagan's screenplay is brilliantly paced, completely engrossing, and never dull.

The movie itself is entertaining because of the action, suspense, special effects and of course, superb cast.

At 153 minutes long, the good doctor here will prescribe you boredom, uninteresting characters, dull script and a bad experience.

This is a tad long at 152 minutes, but that said it is never boring and is a good beginning, middle and end tale that is always entertaining and edgy to watch.

And when the credits roll, you find yourself let down, because the last few minutes were all too predictable and boring and contrasting to the tension built up for the majority of the movie.

It is riveting as it is realistic, it's the best way to describe its tone.

A fascinating journey.

Starring Ewan McGregor in the lead role, it is a solid follow-up to the horror classic that respectfully continues the story with entertaining results.

My biggest plus the soundtrack and the suspense is nailed in this movie, there truly is some great scares, intense heartbeats very Similar to those in Kubrick's masterpiece.

Slow in the beginning.

If you are going into this film expecting it to be a straight up sequel to the Kubrick film with the same horror tone, you'll be disappointed, however if you have an open mind, this movie is very well directed and acted and the story is very compelling.

The twist - there right from the start - is classic King and a welcome change of pace compared to the slow burning original.

But everything is so poorly written that the Shining throwbacks come across dumb and pointless, draining the original story rather than taking it further.

It was intense, scary and enjoyable.

Doctor Boring .

this has to be one of the worst movies I've watched in a long time.

In general it is very enjoyable, although I think it was left over half an hour.

While most of the cast is there just to stand and talk (there's an awkward amount of standing in this movie), the lonely highlight Rebecca Ferguson is very animated, throwing everything and the kitchen sink to elevate the dull proceedings.

The film starts of a bit slow by gradually developing both the protagonists and antagonists until their paths begin to intertwine and this is where it all gets interesting.

The plot is entertaining until the end though and the cast deliver strong performances throughout especially Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson.

While i was a bit tired, the movie managed to make me fall asleep 2 times.

Audiences presumably won't think of this (it's not like the "average Joe" notices or even cares if a scene has been going for 5 minutes straight or pieced together with 50 cuts), and just assume that the latter is more boring than the first without really understanding why.

The Worst Movie I have ever seen.

It would have been nice to see Danny confronting his demons more because to me, that is the more riveting part of the story.

the pace of the movie is slow in the beginning, as characters develop, and that make the 2nd half interesting.

Now i read the book and while I enjoyed it for the most part, I found parts of it underwhelming.

Ewan McGregor tried his best, but his performance is unfortunately rather bland and very limited in range.

The film is a slow burn, using horror and action elements sparingly with purpose as it builds the narrative.

'Doctor Sleep' is an exciting and fast paced thriller, with plenty of scares, thrills and moments of laughter.

I do know that Mike Flanagan (most recently of "Haunting of Hill House" on Netflix), who wrote, directed, and edited this one, really knows how to spin a spooky and suspenseful yarn.

The film sets a great tone with some stunning visuals and the score completely grabs you.

A Really Great And Gripping Movie .

Doctor sleep includes a constant mist in the settings, there are a lot of dramatic slow panoramic shots, and the music is eerie and impactful.

I think Stephen King is just plain boring and should just leave us in peace and take John Carpenter with him.

Really took everything that was good about the shining and made it really boring, expected and just really uninteresting to watch.

What I did like was the aesthetics of this film and the actors were very skilled I think the director did a fine job of turning a horror masterpiece into an enjoyable superhero versus villains movie.

I found this too long and too boring.

Not a perfect sequel in my opinion but, it was a good watch and pretty entertaining in most places.

A long run time like that can feel like a punishment if the film is completely uninteresting, and Doctor Sleep isn't for a second.


Doctor sleep is just boring.

Once back at Overlook this movie got really good and I enjoyed it.


Although I enjoyed the first IT movie that came out a few years ago, I found this Stephen King novel based movie difficult to follow along with.