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Shutter Island Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 6, 2011
A brilliantly constructed mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 22, 2010
The problem, then, arrives in the film's hurried final act, where a hitherto steady narrative gives way to an engorged twist that, whilst believable, insults the audience's comprehension of everything that has come before.
March 16, 2010
Shutter Island is too long and its increasingly surreal tone provides an ending that's a bit of a cheat. But, since it is a Scorsese picture, there's a lot to intrigue on the way.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 16, 2010
It's just not exciting.
March 16, 2010
Since Scorsese is a stylist, the film is enjoyable. It would be more so if you could take out your brain and experience it only with eyes and ears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 16, 2010
Shutter Island could have been an entertainingly hysterical trainwreck, but the train doesn't even leave the station.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 15, 2010
At the end of it, I got a whiff of shaggy dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 15, 2010
Scorsese is capable of making a fascinating psychological thriller, but this effort is sub-Tarantino, without the irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 15, 2010
Unsuccessful but fascinating and often entertaining attempt from Martin Scorsese to wrangle with baroque pulp fiction - by turns compelling, hysterical and silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 15, 2010
As senseless, perverse and unwieldy as it undoubtedly is, Shutter Island might be Scorsese's most enjoyable film in a decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 26, 2010
It comes on strong, but in its bloody heart of hearts it's no more resonant than one of those old Vincent Price-Edgar Allan Poe contraptions - and less entertaining, too.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 22, 2010
Umberto Eco wrote, "Two clichés make us laugh but a hundred clichés move us, because we sense dimly that the clichés are talking among themselves, celebrating a reunion." Shutter Island is that reunion, and that shrine.
February 19, 2010
Sorry, but the late reward hardly justifies all that punishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 19, 2010
A movie that keeps you guessing to the end and then -- miraculously -- makes the guessing pay off.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 19, 2010
What is real? What is delusion? What is montrous? What is decent? Shutter Island may not shatter the heart but these are gnawing achievements for a movie about madness and paranoia.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 19, 2010
This is among Scorsese's many gifts: Even when he's not crafting a masterpiece, he reminds you that the movies possess visceral and uncanny powers.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 19, 2010
Not since Raging Bull has Mr. Scorsese so brazenly married brutality to beauty. Not since Kundun has one of his films felt so aspirational.
February 19, 2010
Martin Scorsese's elephantine exercise in B-movie badness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 19, 2010
Showing an explosive temper and a wounded psyche, DiCaprio eerily channels the great Richard Widmark, a film noir giant, as Teddy, a shaky World War II veteran still at war with his memories.
February 19, 2010
An exquisitely crafted potboiler offering up two and a quarter hours of thrills, chills and Leonardo DiCaprio freaking out in a nuthouse during a hurricane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 19, 2010
As Shutter Island proceeds -- mostly as a series of speeches and set pieces -- what is meant to be mysterious and unsettling becomes just plain incomprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 18, 2010
Scorsese is pushing, I guess, for something that combines a '40s horror-thriller with a contemporary psychological tragedy. What he ends up with is more like a Hardy Boys mystery directed by David Lynch.
February 18, 2010
The strength of the film, like the book, is that it never allows the viewer to feel comfortable with what he is watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2010
If Martin Scorsese weren't aware of himself as a great filmmaker, he could never have made a movie as bad as Shutter Island.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 18, 2010
Despite its flaws, Shutter Island is worth seeing for the palpably nightmarish and gothic world conceived by Scorsese.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 18, 2010
In Shutter Island, director Martin Scorsese has created a divinely dark and devious brain tease of a movie in the best noir tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 18, 2010
A luridly effective thrill ride of a movie that leaves no old-dark-house stone unturned, including a host of rats, a series of flashbacks involving doomed children, and water, water everywhere.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2010
"Shutter Island" is not from the Scorsese who stands astride film like a colossus; instead, it's a giddy, gory gift from the Scorsese who sits beside us in the theater, elbowing us at the good bits and taking in the sinister spectacle up on screen.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 18, 2010
The movie is inert, despite the fact that it bombards us with lurid imagery and high-intensity stimuli: frozen Dachau victims, dying Nazis, beautiful child murderesses, abandoned graveyards besieged by hurricanes.
February 18, 2010
Martin Scorsese's latest is a puff of smoke, the type of classic Hollywood mystery hailed as art when done by auteurs and dismissed as ham when done by anyone less esteemed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 18, 2010
It's as startling a change of pace for this director as The Shining was for Stanley Kubrick, and often just as unnerving.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2010
This is a long, heavy film, in which Scorsese's aerobic moviemaking turns mannered and uncharacteristically passive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 18, 2010
An unapologetically derivative film full of visual nods that appeal mostly to movie geeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 18, 2010
Using every tool at his disposal, Scorsese honors Lehane's pulp intensity by amplifying the story to the fevered Grand Guignol of a Park Chan-wook movie, or Sam Fuller's asylum classic Shock Corridor.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 18, 2010
Mr. Scorsese's camera sense effectively fills every scene with creepiness, but sustained, gripping suspense seems beyond his grasp.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 18, 2010
What Scorsese brings to the table, having created more than his share of rascally villains, is a renewed sense of horror and despair at the power of evil.
February 18, 2010
The plot doesn't so much thicken as curdle with every heebie-jeebie encounter -- we've taken a U-turn at the terrific Cape Fear and wound up at Cape Folly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 18, 2010
I'm of the opinion that DiCaprio is still far too lightweight a performer to carry the grizzled, haunted character that Scorsese is asking him to portray here.
February 18, 2010
The movie does have a payoff, though. And it works, shiveringly well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 18, 2010
For all the trickiness and bluster, Shutter Island is dead inside.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 18, 2010
This quasi-horror film has the great director's usual craftsmanship and a stellar cast, but ultimately it's an infuriating trick that makes its most provocative ideas disappear.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 18, 2010
One of DiCaprio's best performances in an unforgettable psychological jigsaw puzzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 18, 2010
Shutter Island is hysterical, in the clinical and cinematic senses, followed by plodding, just when a potboiling contraption cannot afford to be.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 18, 2010
Shutter Island is popcorn entertainment polished to an unusually high sheen. Yes, you could argue the movie is simply a mood piece. But what a mood.
February 18, 2010
The film's primary effect is on the senses. Everything is brought together into a disturbing foreshadow of dreadful secrets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 17, 2010
A gripping, suspenseful mystery whose plot doesn't so much twist, as writhe as the viewer attempts to grasp it... compelling and captivating, a revitalised gothic mystery that is both terrific and thrilling to the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 17, 2010
It's not bad, but as Scorsese, America's greatest living filmmaker and film history buff should know, even Hitchcock came up short on occasion.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2010
If a film is going to pile on the doom and foreboding this thickly, the payoff better be worth the hard road viewers have to slog.
February 17, 2010
It may not have any of the technological bells and whistles of the latest 3-D offerings, but no movie in recent memory immerses the audience so deeply in its look and feel as the old-fashioned, two-dimensional Shutter Island.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
February 17, 2010
How could this many talented people get so utterly, confoundingly messed up? How could a director considered such an icon make so much money and demonstrate so little control?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 16, 2010
Since more attention has gone into filigreeing details into each scene than worrying about the way they'll fit together, the rattletrap engages you moment-to-moment, even as the overall pacing stops and lurches alarmingly.
February 16, 2010
Martin Scorsese makes movies as if his life depends on it, never skimping on ferocity and feeling.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 16, 2010
The spirit of Alfred Hitchcock is clearly alive and well, and is currently residing in Martin Scorsese's latest film, Shutter Island.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2010
A remarkable high-wire act, performed without a net and exploiting all the accumulated skills of a consummate artist. It dazzles and provokes. But since when did Scorsese become a circus performer?
February 16, 2010
Expert, screw-turning narrative filmmaking put at the service of old-dark-madhouse claptrap.
February 15, 2010
Shutter Island is a long slog. The sad thing is that Scorsese could have connected emotionally with Lehane's narrative.