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Shutter (2008)



Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 57

Being a remake of a Thai horror film instead of Japanese doesn't prevent Shutter from being another lame Asian horror remake.


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 11

Being a remake of a Thai horror film instead of Japanese doesn't prevent Shutter from being another lame Asian horror remake.



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A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved.


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Luke Dawson

Jul 15, 2008


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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (57) | DVD (7)

Will the next terror-minded remake involve a possessed telegraph machine or a grudge-minded ox and cart? Neither option could be any lamer than the shock-free Shutter.

March 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (3)
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With Shutter, that nerve-tingling soundtrack gets heavy use almost from the beginning of the movie. It becomes tiresome.

March 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Shutter is seriously short on shudders.

March 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Comment (1)
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At some point in Shutter you will probably lose count, along with your patience, but the film will keep right on going.

March 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Though a presentation of 20th Century Fox, Shutter has the look and feel of a proper J-horror film.

March 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (2)
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If Shutter is any indication, the reputation of professional photographers is still on the wane. Not only are photographs creepy, the film suggests, but so are photographers.

March 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Shutter, which attempts to do for cameras what The Ring did for videocassettes, what Pulse did for computers, and what The Grudge did for grudges.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Avoid unless you've never seen a horror movie in your life or you just have very low standards.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: absolutely redundant piece of work...

May 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Out of the list of horrible remakes I've experienced in 2008, "Shutter" really isn't the worst one I've seen yet, but it sure does suck enough to rank up there...

October 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

... the film feels like a made-for-TV movie.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

Similar to a theme park ride that scares kids, this Asian horror film frightens only newcomers to the genre from which it practically bootlegs.

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Shutter the latest photographic enlargement of an Asian horror picture, is clearer and sharper than many of its predecessors, but even the most expert re-touching cannot obscure the fact that we have seen it all before.

July 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

Shutter features another pale, scraggly haired young woman a la The Ring haunting our protagonists. Yawn.

June 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

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June 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

As pretty and bland as its lead actors.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Yeah, this movie is a must avoid.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Workmanlike at best; derivative, predictable and slightly dull at worst.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Workmanlike at best; derivative, predictable and slightly dull at worst.

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

It's an effective scary story that depicts women with spirit - on both sides of the divide.

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

It's all rather predictable, and often irritatingly derivative

May 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

SHUTTER should have been the scariest horror film since THE RING, but instead it was infuriatingly bad. This joins ONE MISSED CALL in the ranks of worst horror remakes of all-time and I highly recommend skipping this one for the original...

April 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Bloody Disgusting
Bloody Disgusting

The latest in the downward spiral of remakes

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source:

Are more of these Asian remakes in the offering? I "Shutter" to think.

March 30, 2008 Full Review | Comment (1)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

What happens is the same as every other J-horror remake only less so, at least in part because it stars Rachael Taylor and Joshua Jackson instead of actual famous people.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

No one needs a telephoto lens to see what's coming in Shutter.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Audience Reviews for Shutter

Scary but a pretty bad storyline!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Hollywood does Asian horror - and yet again, messes it up. If you can't be bothered to read subtitles you deserve this kind of crap to be honest. I've not seen the original, I'd like to but even then, the story is unoriginal. How much longer is a young Oriental woman with long black hair going to be scary? How many trees where cut down to make Rachael Taylor? Do yourself a favour and watch the original Ring or The Eye, both are terrifying.
February 7, 2011

Super Reviewer

Inferior remake of the super-creepy Thai original from 2004. I say inferior but to be fair it was not too bad. Having seen the original version I knew the story and twists but I tried to watch as if I didn't know. It definitely lacks scares and that creepy atmosphere the Thai version had, but the last 35 minutes or so it provides some decent chills of its own.
January 29, 2011
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