YMMV: Stanley Kubrick


  • Broken Base: Well... all of Kubrick's films divide audiences, even among fans.
  • Growing the Beard: His films went from "Excellent" to "All-time classics" around the time he grew his beard.
  • Magnum Opus: All of his films from his major period are now seen as cinematic masterpieces. Every Kubrick fan has his own personal favorite. Some general views:
  • Mainstream Obscurity: Well for a given value of mainstream. Kubrick's films were always cult favorites, popular among college crowds and intellectuals but they were never as popular as Hitchcock, John Ford or New Hollywood titles like Chinatown or The Godfather. It's only in the last few decades that Kubrick became really popular, not only for The Shining or 2001 but also cult titles like "A Clockwork Orange and Full Metal Jacket''.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: He only made thirteen films from 1953 to 1999, yet most of those films are regarded as some of the best ever made.
    • It must be noted that Kubrick deliberately carved himself this niche with Warner Bros. studios. All his films were box-office successes and every film was an event, so each film stood out individually among all other films brought out that year.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: 2001: A Space Odyssey still looks unbelievable after nearly forty-five years. Particularly amazing as it was made before the Moon landing.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Kubrick's film about Napoleon Bonaparte. A project he dreamt about making for years and garnered an unbelievable amount of documentation about. But it was thwarted by the movie Waterloo (1970), which got such a bad reception that producers weren't willing to invest in another Napoleon movie. Barry Lyndon is set in part of the same time period and is probably the closest he ever got into making it.
    • His movie project about the Holocaust, Aryan Papers, which also got scrapped because he saw Schindlers List and felt he couldn't top it.
    • A.I. a science fiction movie he felt was more something for Steven Spielberg, who eventually made it posthumously for Kubrick: Artificial Intelligence.