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Shutter Island (2010)



Critic Consensus: It may not rank with Scorsese's best work, but Shutter Island's gleefully unapologetic genre thrills represent the director at his most unrestrained.

Movie Info

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for a fourth time for this adaptation of Shutter Island, a novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River). The film opens in 1954 as World War II veteran and current federal marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner, Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), ferry to Shutter Island, a water-bound mental hospital housing the criminally insane. They have been asked to investigate the disappearance of Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer), a patient admitted to the asylum after she murdered her three children. As Teddy quizzes Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley), the head of the institution, he begins to suspect that the authorities in charge might not be giving him the whole truth, and that a terrible fate may befall all the patients in the spooky Ward C -- a unit devoted to the most heinous of the hospital's inmates. Complicating matters further, Teddy has a secret of his own -- the arsonist who murdered his wife is incarcerated on Shutter Island. Driven to confront his wife's killer, and stranded on the island because of a hurricane, Teddy must unravel the secrets of the eerie place before succumbing to his own madness. Max von Sydow, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, and Jackie Earle Haley round out the supporting cast. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovimore
Rating: R (for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Laeta Kalogridis, Dennis Lehane
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 8, 2010
Box Office: $125.0M
Paramount Studios - Official Site


Leonardo DiCaprio
as Teddy Daniels
Mark Ruffalo
as Chuck Aule
Ben Kingsley
as Dr. Cawley
Max von Sydow
as Dr. Naehring
Patricia Clarkson
as Ethel Barton
Emily Mortimer
as Rachel Solando
Jackie Earle Haley
as George Noyce
Ted Levine
as Warden
John Carroll Lynch
as Dep. Warden McPherso...
Elias Koteas
as Andrew Laeddis
Ruby Jerins
as Young Girl
Robin Bartlett
as Mrs. Kearns
Ruby Jerins
as Young Girl
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News & Interviews for Shutter Island

Critic Reviews for Shutter Island

All Critics (242) | Top Critics (45)

A brilliantly constructed mystery.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

Scorsese keeps the tension at a pitch of near-constant hysteria. Yet when the solution to the mystery is finally revealed, you're left with a sense of disappointment

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Movie Talk

Story quibbling aside, Shutter Island is high on atmosphere, in large part due to the visuals, and the collaboration between Scorsese and (Cinematographer) Robert Richardson actually feels like the two men having a blast with their craft.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012

... Shutter Island, the fourth collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio, is the best work they have done together.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

It's a strong and at times gripping offering from Hollywood's cosiest A-list filmmaker/star pairing.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Every detail of the production design is on point for maximum dread and psychic confusion.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for Shutter Island

Solid film. Once they start questioning things it pretty much is clear that is the way they are going to go. Overall solid acting from Dicaprio, Kingsley and Ruffalo.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Scorsese's masterpiece in psychological horror is this intriguing and immensely unsettling film whose escalating claustrophobic tension is built on an intelligent and suspenseful mystery that bears many welcome resemblances to the greatest works of Kubrick, Polanski and Lynch.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


An admirable film from the legendary Martin Scorsese about a troubled detective (Leonardo DiCaprio) who takes on a case at a psych ward on a remote island, before he starts to lose his grip on his sanity and what reality is anymore. This is a consistently interesting, thought-provoking, and ultimately soul-crushing movie that, while slowly paced, remains interesting throughout. It is no where near perfect or one of Scorsese's best films, but it is still a good one that deserves to be seen mainly because of DiCaprio's performance.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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