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Shuttle (2008)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 11

While this debut by Edward Anderson is economical and occasionally effective, Shuttle offers little catharsis after its tense ride.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

While this debut by Edward Anderson is economical and occasionally effective, Shuttle offers little catharsis after its tense ride.



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A group of returning vacationers boards a late-night shuttle bound for home, but soon finds their journey taking a dark turn in this tale of terror from writer/director Edward Anderson. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Mystery & Suspense

Edward Anderson

Apr 7, 2009

Magnolia Pictures

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (11) | DVD (3)

The film is an efficiently engineered mechanism for creating suspense.

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comment (1)
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There is no release for the audience, no 'entertainment,' not even much action excitement. Just a remorseless march into the dark.

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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Shuttle mostly exists, in the words of Alfred Hitchcock, to 'put the audience through it,' but it leaves you in a very different place than where it started and with remarkable economy of effort.

March 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Shuttle is a grim and twisted exercise in high-stress terror that falls just short of the torture-porn subgenre.

March 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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If you step aboard Shuttle, be prepared for one heck of a ride filled with suspense, action and ever-escalating terror. With this ingenious thriller, Edward Anderson, who wrote the heist flick Flawless, makes an audacious directorial debut.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Next time, spring for a cab.

March 5, 2009 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Boasts a killer premise and better than average acting, so it's all the more disappointing that Anderson proves unable to avoid annoying horror movie pitfalls.

September 7, 2009 Full Review Source:

Immediate frights and long-lasting dread are still not quite enough

April 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Hop aboard this Shuttle if you're in the mood for one unsettling ride.

April 2, 2009 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

The characters are aggressive and mostly smart, the villain is fearsome and hateful, and the premise ('An airport shuttle ride descends into darkness') is brilliantly simple.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Well conceived thriller, Shuttle takes the familiar situation and develops it into terrifying ordeal

March 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Shuttle could have worked but it is so bogged down with clichés and predictable twists that it comes apart at its illogical seams.

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
Movie Retriever

When the payoff finally arrives, it seems tasteless not just because of its topicality, but because the shock feels unearned.

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

A slightly prosaic and tedious, but mostly chilly and intense ride.

March 15, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Instead of suspense, we get frustration at the stupidity of the characters.

March 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

a pile of stinking turpitude

March 11, 2009 Full Review Source:

One hell of a terrifying ride ...

March 11, 2009 Full Review Source: ESplatter

Anderson focuses entirely on cat-and-mouse capers, while failing to reflect in any serious way upon the real-world issues that his plot exploits, so the end result is a disappointingly empty exercise in genre.

March 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Solid, effective and perfect for date night.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comment (1)
Boxoffice Magazine

Nasty and dumb, a lot like Hostel without the extreme torture and gore.

March 5, 2009 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Shuttle

Kind of sucked. It's filled with cliches; there's nothing original about it. The entire plot is predictable so any twists it throws at you aren't surprising in the least. The actors are of course all good looking young kids- who you really can't feel sorry for. The entire plot is flawed. The movie is about 4 kids who get on a shuttle from the airport really late at night and are abducted by the shuttle driver and his accomplice. Those kids had SO many chances to escape, it was ridiculous. There was no excuse for their stupidity. There was ONE old guy that had a gun (the accomplice didn't come until later), and there were FOUR healthy young kids (TWO of which were strong men), and they just let the old guy push them around. They outnumbered him; they could've easily ditched the shuttle or taken the kidnapper out while he was driving the shuttle. SO...I can't really express sympathy for any of those victims. Even the characters themselves said "gee I should've gotten away when I had the chance" like duh ya think? Stupid ass characters. They should've known when the driver was so creepily desperate to have them as passengers on his shuttle...shuttle drivers don't do that ever.

The kids all saw it coming, and they just hung around for the free ride to sketchy Mcsketchersville in the middle of ghettotown, USA. Like seriously? The whole setting the film was shot at was sketchy as fuck. It was completely deserted and pitch black with sketchy run down buildings on every block....and no matter how far the kidnapper drove or how many turns he made- they were still in ghettotown. It was so bizarre. Like a place that sketchy would not be that big. It was so weird.

Anyway, the film had no suspense whatsoever since it was so obvious they were all going to die and *SHOCKER* the girls were being sold into the sex trade overseas. Definitely not the best movie, and the acting was nowhere near good.
August 25, 2011
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In this Horror we have reminders of bits from many other films, so whilst it almost seems an original (albeit a no-brainer of a Horror) movie, hints of Freddy Kruger's bus, Scream's Sydney played by Neive Campbell and the resemblance to the main character, I won't spoil the ending by comparing it to a film, but you get my drift.

Not brilliant by far, but easy watching teen Horror cheese, with plenty of predictability
November 23, 2010

Super Reviewer

i like the concept of this story i guess but it dragged the story of the shuttle out for way to long and didnt give more to the story of kidnapping and selling women into the sex/slave trade!
So its boring and annoying!
July 7, 2010
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    1. Mel: You realize you're never getting home tonight, right?
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