The Ultimate Guide to Stanley Kubrick

  • Killer's Kiss: ** 1/2
  • The Killing: **** 1/2
  • Paths of Glory: *****
  • Spartacus: **** 1/2
  • Lolita: ***
  • Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb: *****
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey: *****
  • A Clockwork Orange: *****
  • Barry Lyndon: ****
  • The Shining: *** 1/2
  • Full Metal Jacket: ****
  • Eyes Wide Shut: ***

I disagree with your views on the shining and Eyes Wide Shut. Both those films highlight his mastery in a big way.

Interesting, I think the old Critical Underground nailed Mr. Kubrick's works quite well. Both The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut may highlight his skill as a director, but that hardly makes them great films in and of themselves, just as a great performance by an actor does not necessarily make a film great.

The Shining received a *** 1/2, while Eyes Wide Shut earned a ***. According to the Critical Underground these ratings mean:

*** 1/2 - A fairly good work, but will probably only be embraced by fans of the genre / artist.

*** - A barely good work; only diehard fans need apply.

I think reality bears this out quite well. The Shining is fairly good, yet it is largely only loved by horror, Kubrick, and Nicholson fans. Eyes Wide Shut was largely only enjoyed by diehard Kubrick fans, of which I assume, from your previous posts, you are.

So I'm still rather pleased with these ratings. I'm always interested in disagreements of an artistic nature, and I will point out that these ratings are those of the Old Critical Underground, snd not solely my own. Although, in truth, these are not too far off from my own evaluations.

Thanks for the comments.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs