Why Doctor Sleep's Reviews Are So Mixed | Screen Rant
Doctor Sleep may not be making a killing at the box office, but it's one of the best-reviewed horror movies of the year. Directed by Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House), the movie has the unenviable task of being a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Ewan McGregor stars as the adult Danny Torrance, who is drawn back into a world of ghosts and monsters when a girl with the shining is targeted by a sinister group of immortal beings who want to feed on her.
Stephen King published the novel Doctor Sleep in 2013, 36 years after The Shining was originally published. The film adaptation is explicitly a sequel to Kubrick's version of The Shining - which King famously hated. In an interview with Rolling Stone, King explained that the book version of Jack Torrance is at least trying to be good, whereas Jack Nicholson's version is "crazy from the first scene." He also felt that the movie was misogynistic, with Shelly Duvall's Wendy Torrance "presented as this sort of screaming dishrag." Yet despite the high regard in which Flanagan's Doctor Sleep holds the original movie, King has said that he loves the sequel: "Everything that I ever disliked about the Kubrick version of The Shining is redeemed for me here."
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King isn't the only one who's a fan of Doctor Sleep, as the movie has received glowing reviews from some critics - but others are decidedly unimpressed ...
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