Charlie Morris’s review published on Letterboxd:
I had a disclaimer at the top of this review but everybody went off telling me how wrong I was anyway, so scrap that, you'll just have to remember that this is merely one person's opinion and that we're all entitled to one.
First of all, I like Kubrick's films, love some of them in fact, but I can't even pretend to like this one. Of course I understand the influence this film had on the industry in its time, but that doesn't mean that I found it enjoyable.
It was heavy breathing and scenes of nothing (pretty nothing, nevertheless) against epic music, or sometimes even just a creepy choir, for 140 minutes straight. I wanted to switch it off after about 40 minutes in, but I did stick through it just so that I can say that I have seen it at least once but, believe me, I probably won't put myself through it again.
The visuals are beautiful and each prolonged scene looks fantastic, but it was such a bore to watch as every moment was dragged out for about ten times longer than it needed to be. I'm not ashamed to admit that I obviously didn't 'get' whatever it is that everybody loves about this, but I felt absolutely nothing for it.