“The novel Dr. Sleep was one of King's more solid efforts of the last 20 years, and as noted in the headlines, had a far more successful, exciting, and satisfying ending than the film.
“ It was very intense, amazing plot, nice acting everything that fits into good movie.
“ There are holes in the story and flaws in the telling - but overall this is entertaining and scary enough to be more than just a decent viewing
“ 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 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.
“The pacing is spot on, a couple of truly harrowing and impactful scenes and stunning visuals throughout.
“Speaking of amazing performances, Rebecca Ferguson did an amazing job as the main villain of this movie, Rose the Hat, which's one of the best villains of this year, and it's not only that Ferguson portrayed her flawlessly, it's because of the characterization of the whole group of hers, it's really hard to find a villain that you love and hate nowadays, and The True Knot of course is one that you hate and love, you love because of the performances and the motivations, because you understand why they're doing what they're doing, even if it's wrong, and you hate that, and that's why you hate them, because they do terrible things to achieve what they want to achieve, and this's why they're so compelling, not because of the villainous things they do, it's because they're doing this for a very good reason.
“ Don't waste your time or money on this trash!
“ But, those gems are rare, those that manage to keep us on the edge for one and a half hour or so.
“well worth watching.
“In my view its a trite, tedious tale of cannibalistic spirit eaters, who ensure their longevity by munching on those who shine.
“The 1st 25 min of this movie was intriguing and I felt like this movie may have done a well job continuing off the Shining, then it got Hollywood, cheesy and down right terrible, unbelievable.
“ It is quite enjoyable and managed to keep me interest throughout even if it was 2 and a half hours long.
“ Worth watching for sure!
“ If you want an entertaining and fun movie, this is it.
“ I was intrigued and on the edge of my seat start to finish .
“ Well my my my, Doctor Sleep, what a thrilling return to the overlook you were.
“ The film's running length is a problem, as it feels like they've crammed too many unnecessary, repetitive scenes; 30 minutes could easily be cut.
“ Makes this dull boy feel something .
“ This is a great follow-up with a good cast, suspenseful moments and eerie score.
“ What a mess, is so confusing .
“ Doctor sleep not got almost anything to do with The shining 1980, it was a fantasy, entertaining and supernatural film when The shining is a psychological horror.
“ It's a new, exciting next chapter with a good story to tell and with a fantastic performance by Ewan McGregor and fellow cast members that welcomes audience members into engaging with the plot.
“ It's use of a slow burn throughout the antagonists hunt for more victims is honestly terrifying and the oblivious nature of the protagonist is less annoying and more of nerve racking.
“ If you are one who enjoys more jump scares and fast paced, non complicated storylines, then this, my friend, is definitely not for you.
“ Intense and even better than I expected.
“ Anyway, I still enjoyed the film and the romantically tense scene at the bar as his father has taken this 'position' from the former creepy guy was somewhat unexpected and enjoyable.
“ Mediocre conventional predictable horror.
“ I enjoyed it.
“ I almost walked out in the first 10 minutes.
“ However, it just felt like the characters were sort of bland and rather mundane.
“ Original is good and I rewatched prior this, and this is just uninteresting garbage,
“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.
“ I miss the atmosphere from the original, the creeping psychological horror, the slow burn.
“ This movie was really enjoyable and got me hooked from beginning to the end.
“ Outstanding actors with good engaging movie with a story .
“ A decent handful of people actually walked out at various stages.
“ But spoilt a little by a pointless appearance of a Jack Nicholson look alike in a pointless scene towards the end should have left that on the cutting room floor !!
“To take that anemic story and drop it into the hands of Mike Flanagan is a surefire way to make the plodding at least look pretty.
“ Starts off a little slow, it's only to explain what is going on.
“ 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.
“ Although not everything was bad in it, the protagonist and the powerful kid did and the beautiful villainous witch/bitch gave us a somewhat engaging performance which was the only satisfaction that people would get out of this film.
“This movie is nothing like the original, it is bland, very childish in its approach, simplistic and utterly a complete waste of opportunity to make a good sequel.
“ I found the story line confusing and hard to follow.
“ It's corny, cringy, the dialogue is bad, the characters are not believable, the story is predictable and goofy as hell.
“ Doctor Sleep is a well made slow burn thriller.
“ Well worth watching.
“ Right before the half way mark it picked up and became very entertaining and creepy.
“ Film making has suffered even compared to the drab 90s.
“ Should be called..You Will Fall Asleep .
“ No story, dull characters, nothing horror related.
“ This is why I said it would be fine as a stand alone film because honestly, the connection was contrived.
“ This film was unexpected, hardly every does an author every outdoes themselves.
“ Aptly named - meandering, dull, uninteresting .
“ Thrilling, engaging, and a great follow up to the Shining.
“ But it was just boring as all hell.
“ A bit intense at the end, but overall quite long, slow and bored!
“ There's also a surprising lack of tension and pacing to his films, as if you're watching storyboard panels being displayed, all of them equally sized and displayed at regularly spaced intervals - when things should be speeded up like a runaway train to deliver a punch they come at you like a slow moving wheelchair.
“ Very thrilling and dramatic.
“ The entire support for the 1980 "The Shinning" was the fact that the house being haunted, made it a cat and mouse thrilling escape adventure, for Danny and his mother to escape, a mother protecting her child from her husband is the peak of human emotion and an incredibly interesting scenario.
“the pace of the movie is slow in the beginning, as characters develop, and that make the 2nd half interesting.
“ Her minions seem oddly cliche.
“ All in all though a surprisingly enjoyable watch which left me wanting to read the book and hoping they expand the universe so I can find out more about the 'shine'.
“ Constantly entertaining and kept wondering wtf was going to happen next.
“ Pacing is slow mirroring the book plotting well.
“ The intensity throughout the film was also brilliant, matched together with a great soundtrack that made the thrilling moments pretty scary.
“ Yes the idea its good but its a shame the waste of time that this movie had.
“ Entire film quite long, slow and bored!
“ Some scenes are made very upsetting and intense by effective background music.
“ Enjoyed it a little more than I thought .
“ Was pretty slow and dull.
“ The story, the actors, the filming and the revisit to the overlook all made a good coherent entertaining movie and I would recommend this to anyone.
“I was really upset to see how many whiners there are in the reviews - things like a movie for kids and pretentious fans of the originals that just like to give a different opinion (you can tell reading the reviews these are the people you have an inner eye roll at when they talk)Honestly if you grew up watching or reading the shining and aren't someone as described above you will enjoy this.
“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.
“ Boring and lonnnnnnnnnngggggggggggggghg .
“ I enjoyed it.
“ Of 2 hours and 23 minutes, 2 hours was a waste of my time.
“ What a suspenseful and terrifying film.
“This one however; the story AND the film was so well crafted I found it utterly thrilling.
“ That said I enjoyed it.
“ Slow in the beginning.
“ But, if you are bored and can get through the first half you may like it.
“ It is a very entertaining and really good that lives up to the original film.
“No notable performances throughout, far too long and if this is rated as a credible 'sequel' to the Shining, then we're all in trouble.
“ Intriguing .
“ The movie was boring, 3h hour long when they could've made it shorter and looked like a super-hero movie for kids.
“ Unfortunately for him, Abra's situation comes to his attention, taking him in an unexpected direction.
“ I was hoping for another epic Stephen King sequel that followed the same deep, moody, uneasy and intense feeling that The Shining produces, and continues to produce to this day.
“ Was very enjoyable to the end.
“ Despite some sequences venturing into boredom...
“ Wayyyy too drawn out and long.
“ In my opinion it could have used more horror, but it in the end it was a very entertaining and pleasant supernatural thriller.
“ It was so enjoyable.
“ Nice sequel for the shining , i watched the Director's Cut and its 3 hours and i enjoyed it.
“ Boring meaningless waste of time .
“ This is a rather gory, parody of vampiric movies that barely resembles the original Shining that results in an only dull imitation with flashes of potential.
“ There are some gorgeous and highly effective visuals, there's moments of pure tension and a few legitimately stunning scenes that remind me why we go to the movies.
“ Lookalikes represent the old characters reduced here to still compelling cameos.
“ Enjoyable and worth a watch.
“ The foolishness and narrative simplicity typical of a youth film, span the two and a half hours of film, from beginning to end we can watch a tedious series of cliches very close to titles like "Twilight" or even "Lord of the Rings".
“ The film is largely entertaining for its runtime, and handles its pacing surprisingly well.
“ I like it because they're so many keeps going thrilling after The Shining begins.. On this sequel, yah you know what would going happend again?
“ I don't know what to say other than " what a shambles this movie was" ,no real plot, it wasn't scary at all with the exception of 1 scene maybe when he wakes up in bed with...
“ As for the cons, the movie sometimes does get a bit repetitive and has a couple side plots that didn't really have any direction.
“ I don't think anyone could possibly top Kubrick's 'The Shining,' however this is entertaining.
“Kyliegh Curran is also amazing in this movie, she gave us the best child-performance of this year, she's so great in this movie, and compelling too!
“ His visuals are stunning and handsomely executed (the homages to Kubrick's Shining, including music reworked by The Newton Brothers and sound cues are especially welcome) and the third acts return to the Overlook is a joy.
“ Mike Flanagan's "Doctor Sleep" is worth a watch, and despite its unnecessary long running time, it's a engaging supernatural drama.
“ And to follow something so good and suspenseful and those masterful shots of Kubrick, would be near impossible regardless if I thought the movie was good or not.
“but also incredibly unpredictable which makes her all the more terrifying.
“ His direction is always suspenseful.
“ Don't waste your time on this film and go watch the original instead.
“ The characters were generic, the cinematography was bland and while I understand following up Kubrick is an impossible feat, this just felt like it was meant to be a sequel to King's terrible "made for TV" version of The Shining, as it too had a more "spooky ghosts do spooky stuff", CGI, goofy feeling to it.
“ Ewan McGregor is one of my favourite actors but this movie was like watching paint dry and I sh**-canned it at the hour mark.
“ The film is long and slow paced but does it bore?
“ Moments of sheer repulsive dread and mind blowing amazement.
“ Even though he replicated Kubrick in many places (editing and directing), he still did make the film his own: very different, unique and stunning.
“ Predictable .
“ No, Well i didn't find anything horrific in it but i like it how they made it as a Fantasy/Horror, i was relieved when ever we had flashbacks to the old one, everything is good in this movie but the story isn't a big deal, i enjoyed this movie to fullest i forgot what the word boring is, (Ewan McGregor) and (Rebecca Ferguson) are shining for their roles i was also surprised to see (Cliff Curtis) in it, Fun fact: 1- throughout the movie being 3 hours long i paused the movie for 15 seconds 2- i was sticked to my place just stood one time at the beginning, in total this is worth it if you were a fan of the first one, highly recommended 7.5/10⭐
“ It's just so tedious and not exciting.
“ I caved when Dr Sleep came out, the first King book I'd read in decades, and it was a waste - a book full of barely realised characters hitting plot-points with the dull thudding regularity of a fading heartbeat.
“ predictable .
“The director does a brilliant job of maintaining an engaging narrative and making his mark on the film while paying homage to its predecessor.
“ Absolutely useless sequel, so boring.
“None of the mystical, suspenseful, magical moments of the original.
“ Scenes like this used to be implied (as was the disappearance of Violet) and I found that technique to be more intriguing than this gory graphic ugly scene.
“ Medicine for boredom .
“ Thrilling and brilliant .
“ It was entertaining all through out the film and the performances were great.
“ Fantastic horror with a slow balloon released air type screenplay .
“ The best title name because I fall asleep to half of the movie .
“ Some intense scenes had this heart thudding sound.
“ Overall, Doctor Sleep is a decent slow chiller with very good making.
“The film may be too long but the story does become engaging as the pacing gets faster.
“ I really enjoyed it andit became one of the movies I'm planning to see again and again.
“ The movie is excellent overall and is a slow thriller with little to no jump scares.
“ Doctor sleep has a very perfect balance of fantasy and nostalgia factor but most fascinating thing about it that it never looses its own existence.
“ Worst movie ever!
“ 9.5 of 10 Mind blowing magic, and disturbing murder.
“ I really wanted to just get up and leave the theater...
“As a director, Mr. Flanagan certainly has the skill and experience with the suspenseful horror genre.
“ If you watch it, I think you'll find the plot and the story engaging and quite possibly unique.
“ Truely enjoyed it.
“ It felt like a 10 hour story crammed into a 2 and a half hour movie, so the story felt rushed, the characters (while competently acted) were very bland and forgettable.
“ It's a long movie but intense.
“ Doctor Sleep is neither a compelling drama nor a Hollywood horror movie .
“ Having said that, the exploration of the shining and the characters was highly entertaining.
“In this movie the faces are as bland as the production.
“Ultimately, the film works well thanks to the strong performances and skill of Flanagan, remaining entertaining throughout the lengthy 152-minute runtime.
“ But "Doctor Sleep" is a trifle by comparison, and fairly boring.
“ The "floating" part was stunning and I've never seen anything like that in a movie before which is rare to say.
“ Very entertaining.
“ 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.
“ Perfect balance, very good scenes and mind blowing.
“ I like my horror movies to be suspenseful and surprising and this movie fulfills all the criteria.
“ Dont waste your time or money.
“ Doctor Sleep is a partially entertaining sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror classic The Shining.
“ The depictions of astral projection and mindscapes were truly awe inspiring.
“ Its very entertaining for the very long run time.
“ All together it makes for a great film worth watching.
“ 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.
“ DOCTOR SLEEP (2019) I was stunned at the gripping plot and story.
“ Idk what i watch but It was fast and boring
“ They are just empty human beings to even be a part of that.
“ Honestly, this was a good movie, it was entertaining and I wanted to watch more of it.
“ It is more funny and cliche than scary, and very predictable.
“This was a disturbing slow burn horror movie.
“ The added time just makes parts of the film flat out boring.
“Watch the movie not because you want to see another shining, watch it because you like fantasy and thrilling movies.
“ A very unappealing title, Ewan McGregor - one of the dullest actors working today - in the lead role, overly long and with no clear audience to whom it was targeting.
“ Extremely entertaining, chilling.
“ It's an entertaining film with excellent scenes and an intriguingly bloody story.
“ Also notable is the menacing score, for those pulsating tracks keep us on the edge at all times.
“ 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.
“ Whilst the film did feel slow and boring at the beginning, it did start to pick up and became quite compelling.
“ There are intense scenes that bothers you and a very good script that lasts until the last minute.
“ If you rather watch a slasher fast paced movie with blood and all that, please don't watch it and then put bad reviews!
“ And for the woman who was supposed to be Wendy she did have some similarities but still the whole vibe throughout the entire film was pretty flat and boring.
“Overall a very enjoyable movie!
“ I must say I enjoyed it especially since I decided to view this as its' own film, not a Shining sequel.
“ The tones may not always match, but Doctor Sleep is an entertaining sequel that should make ghost story fans happy .
“ Doctor sleep is just boring.
“ I highly recommend it if you like character driven stories with horror elements.
“ A waste of time .
“The movie was intense with some good imagery and graphic effects.
“ it's still an absolute waste of time !
“ Doctor sleep - this movie shines pun intended if you want to Learn how to balance two source materials into one and make a respectfull movie which will respect the two auteurs and fans than you got mike Flanagan to teach you this is a visually stunning piece of filmmaking.
“ Complex characters and intriguing plot.
“ There are movies every now and then that really give you a sense of feeling and emotion throughout and you become immersed, this is one of those movies.
“ The acting was also rather dull and fails to evoke any sense of fear or desperation in the otherwise horrendous situations that the characters find themselves in.
“ Very entertaining though.
“ Rebecca Ferguson gives a performance as intimidating, unpredictable, and malicious as Heath Ledger's Joker and McGregor and Curren provide an emotional core around the supernatural craziness.
“ Please dont waste your time .
“ Had a hard time staying awake.
“The opening of the film was riveting.
“ Anyway, this could've and should've been a far more interesting/exciting film than it was, and that's due to a lack of competent writing, direction, and film editing - and whatdayaknow, it's all the same guy, a relatively unaccomplished Mike Flanagan.
“ This aside however, the film does a pretty well job at balancing those elements, and is certainly entertaining enough to let you hold on till the end.
“ Doctor Sleep - perfect title, I did fall asleep .
“The direction is also bland.
“ Perhaps it doesn't reach such magnitude in certain aspects as its predecessor did, but it manages to establish itself as a very good and entertaining thriller.
“ 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.
“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.
“ Barely intense scene is, Dan and Billy killing a bunch of True Knot gang member at the forest!
“ If you are an admirer of Kubrik's film do not watch Doctor Sleep, you will waste your time.
“The movie is intriguing and fresh.
“ I almost walked out after the satanic cult stabbed the little boy and tortured him, truly bad taste and on top of that the whole movie was like a PC -neo feminist- trying to be Hollywood woke JOKE of a movie.
“ Characters were well played albeit the villains were sort of a yawn and might have needed more background.
“ This 3 hour version has its moments but as a whole movie I will use just one word, boring.
“ Different Experience Than The Shining, But Still Worth Watching .
“ Very suspenseful and exciting!!
“ The film is more exciting than really scary.
“ Their whole group led by the capable and very sexy Rebecca Ferguson was all a waste of time.
“ Extremely entertaining.
“I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed this movie as well, and highly recommend it.
“ The movie is too long for modern day audience.
“ The threat presented by the villain element is genuinely nightmarish, tapping into multiple primal human fears simultaneously, while the main characters - particularly young deuteragonist Abra - are engaging, while maintaining sufficient nuance and weaknesses to keep them feeling like potentially real people.
“ Philosophically dull and somehow involves a lot of unnecessary characters and dull acting.
“ As is, it is a total waste of money.
“ The contradictory portrayal is confusing.
“ The movie had its ups and downs but overall it was worth watching.
“ Remember the scene when the girl is walking then the hat lady pops up and nothing happens except the girl walking through her.
“ this has to be one of the worst movies I've watched in a long time.
“ The Shining had an incredibly slow build up that would lead into the nail biting horror atmosphere that is the second and third acts.
“ I fell asleep.
“ If you have any interest whatsoever in any aspect of the Shining, you'll find something enjoyable from all two and a half hours here.
“ But the direction saved it from becoming a bore.
“ Enjoyed it .
“ One of the worst films ever to slow and boring and its on for far to long
“ The way Doctor Sleep started was very confusing.
“ It's like Shining got "netflix-ed", it's honestly unbearable for any Kubrick fan to see these actors ranging from mildly to very attractive and generic (more than EXPRESSIVE and unique) being associated to shining.
“ Boring Twilight/Shinning mash up, just very childish and dissapoiting .
“ Dr Sleep is a Dull Snore .
“ Gripping scenes .
“ As is, it's still entertaining and I do recommend it, even if you've never read or seen The Shining.
“ Any Steven King or adaptation is worth watching .
“The whole film is a mess, extremely boring, dull, with the now traditional and expected PC rubbish and with a story and pace that is coma-inducing.
“ I fell asleep during the movie ....
“ Doctor Sleep is first and foremost an adaptation of the Stephen King book we deserved, and then a relatively worthy sequel to The Shining that exceeded my expectations - an intense horror drama about the fight between good and evil that will give fans of the genre a real viewing experience without the cheap tricks
“ Had to turn it off just over half way as it was so so slow and I found it boring.
“ I've personally found the more recent adaptations/remakes either mildly entertaining 'Pet Cemetary' or so cheesy I couldn't sit through it for more than 45 minutes 'It'.
“ A boring sequel, acting is utter wood, the director needs film school again to be honest.
“ I like slow films but literally nothing happened in this one.
“ The pacing in this film is definitely slow in the beginning and picks up the pace towards the end.
“ It's unpredictable, and entertaining as hell.
“ Waste of money and time .
“ 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.
“ Her and Rose are astral projecting into each other's minds, in amazing CGI with unexpected results, and only Dick, returning to Danny one last time, persuades him to help her.
“ As this band of misfits literally sucks the life out of these young innocents, it all leads to a predictable finale of good versus evil at the infamous Overlook Hotel.
“" Very surprised to see the high ratings but my advice is if you want to see a truly creepy horror film that will make you scared of the dark again; don't waste your time watching Dr Sleep.
“ All of this is useless and boring.
“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.
“ Its compelling, suspenseful, tense and definitely keeps you guessing.
“ Fun, entertaining horror with great actors .
“ Long, dull and doesn't even feel like a 'Shining' sequel .
“ supertrashy cgi, boring, way too long, repetitive, uninteresting.
“ Give it the focus it deserves because it is very enjoyable.
“Verdict:6/10 While Doctor Sleep is certainly entertaining and Mike Flanagan does his very best at pulling the strings it can never live up to its predecessor due to the lack of shine around the production which is more like an appraisal of the former than a criticism of the follow-up.
“ It is a waste of money and time.
“ I looked up the books synopsis because the movie engaging enough for me to check it out.
“At the same time, a woman named Rose the Hat (played by Rebecca Ferguson) runs a cult called the True Not, where she and her members find children with "the shining" and consume their "steam" in order to slow down their own aging.
“ 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.
“ The cat and mouse main story of the child and Rebecca Ferguson's villainous character keeps you on the edge of the seat.
“ Who knew a movie about psychic Jedi's vs vampires could be so compelling.
“ I read the book and personally found it bland.
“ It would have been nice to see Danny confronting his demons more because to me, that is the more riveting part of the story.
“ I love how the movie turn out from 'The Shining' a scary thillier to 'Doc Sleep' scary yet exciting film.
“ Ewan McGregor is excellent in portraying Dan as constantly on the edge between his addiction and the fear that got him there.
“) continues her quest, ending in a predictable face-off.
“ In Gary Olsen's riveting and informative book on Kubrick as well as other film directors in his "The 15 Geniuses Behind The Lens: How The Top Film Directors Shaped The Movies We See Today," he describes how much a perfectionist Kubrick was in directing The Shining.
“ I could tell it was going nowhere fast.
“ Working in the Overlook hotel for the winter will give him the opportunity to write and to take advantage of the fascinating history of the place for inspiration.
“ Overall the movie was fairly enjoyable, it was a good 2 and a half hours long, and though it could have been a bit edgier and really gone for the gold, most people wont be able to tell the difference.
“ I watched the Director's Cut and had to try it twice because I fell asleep the first time, almost fell asleep again on the second run.
“ This movie was such a waste of time, The movie make you feel like limited movie time is not enough to contain novel's feeling, atmosphere and vivid explanation.
“And the last 45 minutes were so predictable that when they finally came into play it was rather a let down.
“ If nothing else, it's an entertaining couple of hours.
“ As it stands, it's a slow-moving atmospheric thriller with very little thrills and a handful of "seen it before" special effects thrown in for good measure.
“ The direction was good that built a story and creepy and thrilling scenes.
“ The slow start is soooo tedious.
“ The Worst Movie I have ever seen.
“ 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.
“ More exciting was Rebecca Ferguson's performance.
“ The book was exciting and addictive from the beginning to the end.
“ Doc Sleep made me fall asleep ....
“ A thrilling sequel to a classic horror.
“ Aside from the penultimate 10 minutes (which just tries to tour all of the buzz-spots from Kubrick's film) it references King's book far more than Kubrick's film, and this is going to be confusing and disconnecting for people not familiar with the source material.
“ Really enjoyable .
“ Triumph in horror, very entertaining.
“ It kept me on the edge of my seat, it was very entertaining; i was present the whole time, inwasn't bired or distracted at all, it felt like i was in the movie :) Congrats for a great movie.
“ It's like reading a book ,A boring book.
“ They ended up instead of adding anything new or exciting to it, they just copied things.
“The production design was fascinating.
“ (Delbert Grady reference) It's much more suspenseful and the ending is pretty amazing.
“ Boring .
“ Very boring.
“ Complete 100% Boring .
“ 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.
“Doctor Sleep will not be considered a film that gives you many (or any) sleepless nights, but I was aghast on seeing how a victim of The True Knot cult (the one led by Rose the Hat) was subjected to a slow and painful death.
“ 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.
“ It did have some really nice moments though: I enjoyed the last 20 minutes or so when the film returned to the infamous "Overlook Hotel" and revisited the horrors from "The Shining," was really nice to see it all again in a modern light; that alone, for me, made the film worth watching all the way through.
“ Worst movie sequel ever, after jaws 3D and jaws 4 .
“ Sleep,' is a slow burn that definitely is worth the wait.
“' This movie was just a swing and a miss, especially in comparison to the legacy left by "The Shining", and the storyline told in "Doctor Sleep" was sort of pointless and essentially just felt like something left over on the cutting room table from the first movie.
“ It is riveting as it is realistic, it's the best way to describe its tone.
“ However while this new film keeps most of the originals slow dragged out plot building elements that results in a nearly three hour run time, it lands on a laughably bad ending sequence that recreates the finale of the original film.
“ I was rewarded with a pretty entertaining movie.
“ Thoroughly enjoyed it and the entire story.
“ Snooze fest .
“ 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.
“ And since the story arcs and themes didn't go anywhere, I found the film to be incredibly boring despite how rushed the story felt.
“ Well done and entertaining .
“ Bland, almost unwatchable nonsene .
“ 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.
“ The story is compelling, the horror is...
“ In the hospital Azzie stayed waiting on an empty bed ...
“ Worth watching .
“ Doctor Sleep (Director's Cut)Cliche Alert!!!
“ Just enough Shining to make it worth watching .
“ Its boring nostalgia berries the movie, the answers to the shining are about as painfully bad as the star wars prequels and their "midochlorians".
“ The first half is a bit slow which I do think is necessary and gives us some time with the characters and chance to know them better.
“ Highly recommended for all fans of King, fans of the original movie and anyone who wants to see an engrossing story, beautifully told.
“ I truly enjoyed it.
“ The film is a slow burn, using horror and action elements sparingly with purpose as it builds the narrative.
“ Some sequels are better left unmade, so boring.
“ 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.
“and a waste of my time and money.
“ Made as cheaply as possible, no plot, no character depth or recognition, it's boring & annoying!
“ That was actually a welcome and unexpected thing; It wasn't riding along just with "being The Shining sequel".
“ Towards the end, the imagery is slightly too repetitive, trying to link it with the original.
“The 'empty ones' are a conceivable addition to the environment (though they should have been less conspicuous, of course), the big shiner black girl was a nice touch.
“ 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.
“ An absolutely riveting, engaging, and spectacular thriller, Doctor Sleep makes the absolute best of its source material and is easily one of the best King adaptations in a very long time.
“ - Yes, it is a fun and enjoyable slasher.
“ So no, i havent read the book , if it is like the movie ,well, it sucks ..It s painfully slow,it's like 3 hours of nonsense that feel like an eternity, it has like gypsy vampire fights that remind you of the twilight saga, You don't really care about Ewan mcgregor's character (Danny) or the little girl with superpowers, or anyone for that matter and it's not even scary, it's nothing.
“ A beautifully shot masterpiece of fresh horror that was entertaining to watch.
“ This movie is plodding, uneven and too long.
“ The whole cult "soul-sucking" plot was boring and pretty much ruined the story for me.
“ If you love scary movies go and see this but be ready to leave you shook at the end!
“ Other than it kept me on the edge of my seat.
“ 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).
“ Worth watching .
“ "The Shining" is just a crazed man chasing his family around an empty hotel with an ax.
“ Like its iconic predecessor The Shining, it's a purposefully slow-paced supernatural horror film more concerned with character development and building an intense atmosphere than it is with jump scares (though they are chillingly effective when present).
“ Chilling, fast paced and a logical modern sequel.
“ This was a very entertaining move, I'm sorry it didn't do so well at the box office.
“ This movie was to long and kind of dull.
“ Dr ZZZ .
“ Nearly three hours of interesting plot and kept me connected to the story the whole time.
“ A drawn out boring story, not to mention miserable.
“ compare to Shinning it's just a empty nonsense 3 hours of garbage !
“ Highly recommend it.
“ A compelling watch despite the flaws.
“ I opted to see the directors cut, which was 3 hours long, so I knew that I might be falling asleep at some point.
“ 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.
“ The start of the film seemed to be meeting my expectations but very soon after it had wandered into a teenage twilight type of film which was boring, stupid, ridiculous and yeah disappointing!
“ However, the plot twist near the end is very predictable if you knew the Shining.
“ What a waste of time,1 hour should bem removed .
“ Started very beautifully and then quickly collapsed into some disjointed fantasy movie!!
“ Doctor Sleep (ZZZZZZZZZZZ) .
“ It was slow and boring in parts and did not fit with the other.
“ The novel is no masterpiece and the tone strays significantly from King's original The Shining, but it's a solid enough story that could certainly have made for a compelling film with the right direction.
“ Kept me on the edge of my seat even though it was a long movie.
“ Overall cliche and predictable and probably one of the worst movies I've seen this year.
“ Rosie the Hat was so intriguing, and the entire movie kept us interested...
“ It's a movie about people with mind powers, but with cheap jumpscares and a few boring predictable action scenes.
“ Enjoyable if you're into horror films.
“ A suspenseful eerie atmosphere supported by a good cast; surprisingly 2.5 hours flew by .
“ But I was blown away by the incredible performances (especially from Ewan McGregor and Kyliegh Curran), engaging story, and the flawless incorporation of Kubrick's visual style into a fresh and enjoyable sequel.
“ 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 so bland and emotionless, I couldn't care less for the characters.
“ The story is a bit confusing.
“ 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.
“I must inform you though that the movie has a slow pace and runtime of 3 hours.
“In addition: Kyliegh Curran, the girl who plays Abra has so little facial expression, that during the film it seems as if she is constantly bored or that she simply does not care.
“If you read the novel and enjoyed it, don't waste your time watching this film.
“Having said that, was really entertaining throughout and one of my favorites of the year.
“ Servicable sequel, entertaining and an echo from past greatness.
“ Probably the most awe inspiring sequence for me is when Rosie astral projects over the city to find Abra.
“ Dr Sleep Will make you sleep .
“ Literally was a waste of time watching this movie, no character development and the story progression is as if someone put the script in a blender and used what ever mess came out as a guide.
“Doctor Sleep has an engaging story, reverence for its predecessor, and strong performances that assure its future as one of the great horror classics.
“ A total waste of time.. just another modern horror film full of jump scares and pointless character's deaths.
“ 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 movie's not particulary scary, but it's still pretty damn entertaining, so 150 minutes didn't seem that long.
“ Simply put, the film just plain fails at generating compelling and visceral sequences so crucial to a good horror film.
“ Very good enjoyable follow up.
“ It dragged on quite a bit which is why I dropped a few stars but all in all I really enjoyed it.
“ I enjoyed it.
“ This movie had me on the edge of my seat, and the "baseball boy" scene was truly horrifying!
“It's a bold move to call your film 'Doctor Sleep' (and yes I'm well aware this is based on a book) and then make a very dull three hour film.
“ Not that The Shining was boring, but it is a very slow film.
“ Incredibly boring, uninteresting and utterly uninventive sequel.
“ While I did enjoy the comparison with the original, I think the first half of the movie was too drawn out.
“ Toward the end of the film it becomes irritatingly predictable.
“ On it's own, it's entertaining and should please Stephen King fans.
“ The Shining movie and book differ a fair bit, but both are equally as entertaining and interesting with their own twists.
“ If you have read the book this is a worthy adaptation of it, if you have only seen the film the Shining, this also continues that story in a compelling manner.
“ I know it's more in line with the book, but I found it very boring, silly, not scary or atmospheric, and with horrible effects.
“Just the worst movie I have ever seen in my 41 years on this earth.
“The acting is OK from Ewan McGregor but phoned-in from everyone else, the dialogue is terrible and the plot progression points were either lazy, nonsensical or predictable.
“ So a female evil magician with a cliche hat and her crew of people with superpowers eat the souls of magically talented children by taking in their pain as they kill them.
“ The first hour feels a little choppy story-wise, but all comes together nicely with time, however, I have to admit that it was a little too predictable.
“ The Director's cut clocks in at over 3 hours and is a beautiful slow burn horror epic that fans of both Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick will applaud.
“ Right from the beginning, I found the plot intriguing, and the different storylines were written to perfection.
“ Everything bad about PC and dull stories are blended together, add a few different elements here and there, use a really bland script, sprinkle the whole thing with special effects and you can mass produce any type of film.
“ But alas, it was basically a slow, non entertaining movie which I found myself dozing off to a couple of times.
“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.
“ boring .
“ The story is thrilling and the ending brings it home.
“ Unfortunately, even though Stephen King himself didn't like the movie of 'The Shining', it was very hard to follow when you remember Jack Nicholson's performance as the crazed, insane Jack Torrance.
“ The movie is long at 2hr 30+, but it is so engrossing, it doesn't feel that long at all.
“ Entertaining and Satisfying Sequel .
“ The build-up is so well-crafted that, when the final show-down arrives, it cannot help but feel a little anti-climactic (with the destruction of The Overlook being rather contrived).
“Long story short, Doctor Sleep failed in the ways of a horror movie but succeeded in the ways of a teen coming of age superhero origin story.
“ But it is worth watching.
“ Story moves at a good pace and doesnt bore at all.
“ Boring script, shallow and weak acting in combination with the shallow storytelling creates a really long and boring movie.
“ Stunning, bone chilling, spine shivering, doctor sleep has everything to scare the audience and critics.
“ Well executed and entertaining.
“ Honestly the shinning was boring for me .
“ An unexpected sequel .
“ 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).
“ He was one of the film's least engaging characters, ranking somewhere between the ghostly twins and the withered hag in the bathtub.
“ Ewan McGregor, apparently petrified of type-casting in Star Wars, takes the role of a grown up Danny Torrance in this loooooong drawn out movie-of-the-week sequel to the classic "The Shining".
“ The cinematography also helps with this fact, by providing a beautiful somber and eerie tone that is simply breathtaking.
“ (In fact, the movie's 15 minute flashback prologue is slow and dull, only adding to the film's lengthy screen time.
“ If you want to watch a nice engaging thriller movie with some supernatural events this is one of the good movie of 2019.
“ It gets a little intense with them hunting children.
“The originality of Flanagan make it a quite enjoyable watch.
“ The sudden bursts of shock and awe in the screenplay are when the film gets engaging; otherwise, the going is too slow to care.
“ This film is not nearly as deep or artistic as The Shining, but it does provide for a fairly entertaining action experience.
“ But this one is absolutely the most intense horror movie I've ever seen.
“ On the other hand, it was really difficult for me to buy into Rebecca Ferguson's Rose the Hat as a compelling antagonist.
“ "The Shining" is just a crazed man chasing his family around an empty hotel with an ax.
“ I was pleased with every thrilling step of this movie.
“ Really took everything that was good about the shining and made it really boring, expected and just really uninteresting to watch.
“ Absolutely stunning movie.
“ 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 little boring for the first 30 minutes.
“ It is one of the most intriguing villainous entities.
“ 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.
“Don't waste your time on this shiiiiit .
“ The background music was also intriguing with some small duel beats throughout the movie.
“ 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.
“Succinctly put (unlike this film), Doctor Sleep is a yawn.
“) It was boring for the most part.
“ Don't waste your time .
“ 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.
“ The theater was nearly empty, which didn't surprise me.
“ Really enjoyed this movie.. easy to watch, engaging.. fabulous acting.. very good
“ I thought the beginning was a little rough, but then it took off and I really enjoyed it.
“But there is just so many pointless throwbacks to The Shining film that weren't even clever, it became very tiresome very quickly.
“ But what really suprised me about doctor sleep is how unique it is, this movie doesn't rely on jump scare after jump scare or even shining call backs, but what makes this movie so unique is how it does it's own thing, yes the shining call backs are there and the 3rd act is definitely a full sequel to the shining and has the most call backs to the shining but for the rest of the movie it does it's own thing and it's own thing is just amazing and mind blowing and just fantastic.
“Doctor Sleep is a very appropriate name for this abomination, as it can cure the most persistent insomnia!
“ 3 hours of rubbish .
“ Far too long and far too convoluted, I often found myself checking the time to see when it would end.
“ This movie is pointless, i almost left in the middle of Dr. Makeyousleep.
“There are some very compelling aspects in this movie.
“ Yet despite all this, I found this oddly enjoyable to a point, sacrilegious as it is.
“ There is the cliché of "do you want to do this?
“ The atmosphere is absolutely stunning, with Mike Flannagan's directing style matching perfectly with the feel and tone of the film.
“ The mixed reviews and long running time put me off watching Doctor Sleep at the cinema, but I have just enjoyed it in the comfort of my own home.
“ Bland in so many ways.
“ The movie is too long and for no good reason.
“ Slow build up until final disappointment.
“ None of the characters were developed, the plot was predictable and by the numbers and, perhaps due to the writing, the actors were forgettable.
“ Entertaining sequel to The Shining .
“ But other than a few more scenes from the movie, everything felt flat and bland.
“ Movie is deeply boring.
“ It's simply an empty, lifeless husk and that's great news because it means there's still room for someone else to come along and make a true Kubrick style sequel.
“ And it was way too long and boring
“ A slow thriller and worthy sequel .
“ An engaging sequel to the horror classic, Shining.
“ Chilling, intense.
“ Terrible story, terrible acting, political correct placement of characters, cliche horror scenes, and I could go on and on.
“ This story can be expansed in so so so many ways and be intrigant and fascinating for many seasons!!!
“Ewan as Danny, boring beyond reason.
“ Not close to The Shinning, quite enjoyable, and a little bit off track.
“As for the cult, it's also enjoyable to see them on screen and understand more about their world.
“The movie was a very suspenseful film, with great characters, acting, superb directing and camera work.
“just bad editing, which ends up confusing the viewer.
“ Where the original was a master-class in narrative, cinematography and acting, DS just feels drawn out and uninspired.
“ Hopefully, people start going to see this because it is worth watching in a dark theater.
“ Very slow movie.
“ Enjoyed it immensely
“What makes this opening so fascinating for Danny is the parallel treatment of the shining ability Danny has and is trying to forget about as well as the trauma of that seminal event of his youth.
“ Hypnotic and terrifically intense.
“ However it is a worthy and entertaining sequel with a modernized interpretation.
“ If you want more than 2 hours spend very fast and exciting, do not miss it!
“ Worth watching .
“ I think some scenes had some creepy moments but these "moments" are confusing to those who didnt read the book.
“Overall, its a great movie, fun, intriguing, interesting, eerie and terrifying in many ways!
“ The only scary thing about this movie is McGregor dull performance.
“ Well worth watching.
“ I sat there bored out of my mind.
“ It has a riveting storyline with a lot of layers in it and amazing cast and their performances and a talented director behind helped it to become one of the best horror movies of 2019 and a worthy successor to The Shining.
“ The worst movie ever!!!.
“ Full of imagination, exciting and original.
“ I don't think anyone could upstage Kubrick by any stretch of the imagination, but I did think this was going to be much more enjoyable.
“ Soooooo f*ING boring!
“ Having strayed into unsatisfying sci-fi and fantasy genres of late, this novel was truly a return to his brilliant best in creepy, thrilling, edge of your seat storytelling, and the story just flowed on so naturally from the original The Shining novel/movie that was also one of his best.
“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.
“ The cinematography in conjunction with it's colour palette is visual stunning and immersive.
“The plot is cohesive and compelling.
“ Overall, it's an intriguing companion piece to the classic.
“ 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.
“ The movie doesn't seem to know that either, dragging out the third act for far too long than is necessary.
“ If we go beyond all the above the movie was very good with intense anxiety and very good interpretations.
“ The score by The Newton Brothers was breathtaking and really put Wendy Carlos' score for The Shining into great use which gave the film a deep and scary atmosphere.
“ Really dumb plot, really cliche , cheesey money grab that steals from the Kubrick legacy and delivers something even less than a kruddy dominoes pizza.
“ The comparison between this movie and shinning is absurd as, the never tries to become like the former, it's a slow burn movie which dives deeper in character formation and has all the usual Stephen king's touch.
“ Disturbing, thrilling, engaging and skillfully made.
“At 153 minutes long, the good doctor here will prescribe you boredom, uninteresting characters, dull script and a bad experience.
“Boring story with no sense, a little bit of political agenda and not a single terror scene that is worth mentioning.
“ The story was interesting and the plot was unfortunately partly boring and too long.
“ He nailed the American accent and was enjoyable throughout.
“The worst part of it all though was that the film is neither scary, suspenseful or even unsettling at any point.
“ 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.
“ Overall though, this was a really good and suspenseful movie.
“ However, it was mildly entertaining, albeit slow.
“ Movies have given up on entertainment in favor of repetitive tropes and these werent even done in a fun way.
“ I think it's too long, could've cut some scenes and made it a bit more action-packed and thrilling.
“ Terrible, predictable script.
“ And it's SOOOO BORING .....
“ Boring and basic .
“ It was intense, scary and enjoyable.
“ So mind blowing good.
“ It seemed like the closer the creators got to the old, familiar places of the original movie the less sure they were about what they really want to do there, which is unfortunate as this should have been the moment of awesomeness, the answer to this story, but it got dragged down by the direction being out of focus.
“Now the reason why those two films work so well is actually quite simple: like Frank Darabont and Rob Reiner before him, Flanagan gets that the most intriguing aspect of King's stories is not the horror.
“It was pointless bringing back characters such as Wendy and Jack as they weren't acted that well and came across as laughable.