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Shutter Island (2010)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 242
Fresh: 166 | Rotten: 76

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


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 17

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



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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


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Jun 8, 2010


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All Critics (243) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (166) | Rotten (76) | DVD (9)

A brilliantly constructed mystery.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)
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As senseless, perverse and unwieldy as it undoubtedly is, Shutter Island might be Scorsese's most enjoyable film in a decade.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (5)
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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 22, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (4)
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Sorry, but the late reward hardly justifies all that punishment.

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (14)
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A movie that keeps you guessing to the end and then -- miraculously -- makes the guessing pay off.

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
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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

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
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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.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical

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

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Comments (2)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

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

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

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

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

As hard as Shutter Island works to convince you that is a dumb but flashy thriller when it is actually a fairly smart one, it may well be as hollow as any magic trick.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source:

Scorsese and DiCaprio, in their fourth film together, again create an intense, provocative film-going experience, where the ride, accommodations, and destination are all first class.

January 10, 2011 Full Review Source:

Not the masterpiece I was hoping for...

January 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

Fortunately, the music chosen to underscore the ever-increasing sense of unease and mystery (artfully selected by Robbie Robertson) is a constant pleasure.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: JWR

Shutter Island, is even less 'important' than The Departed. But Scorsese is clearly enjoying himself with this old-school throwback to thrillers past. And it's hard not to revel in it with him.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comment (1)

When the big reveal hits, it's the first big yawn of the film, and the tension dies a sudden death as we wait impatiently for the film to tie up all of its loose ends.

July 4, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist | Comments (21)

Shutter Island, after an involving and entertaining beginning, settles for a victory by judges' decision rather than a final knockout.

June 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Comments (4)
Window to the Movies

Multiplex entertainment this distinctive and provocative doesn't come along every day: it's a head trip well worth taking. [Blu-ray]

June 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Comment (1)
Groucho Reviews

...a creepy psychological thriller...short on psychology, characterization, suspense, tension, or thrills.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (3)
Movie Metropolis

A basically just kidding Boston offshore yarn featuring fleeing assorted lost and found psychos, born again Nazis, and Red Scare gulag rehab for unrepentant communists on the loose that, well, doesn't amount to a hill of baked beans.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comments (3)

Ilha do Medo é O Iluminado de Martin Scorsese.

May 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Por momentos excesiva y algo decepcionante, resulta de todos modos un inquietante ejercicio sobre la locura servido con gran habilidad por Martin Scorsese.

May 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Comment (1)
Uruguay Total

As psychological horror thrillers go, it might be flawed, but it's a technically masterful piece of work.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]
Daily Record [UK]

Shutter Island is second-tier Scorsese, but not one of his misfires. It does the gothic horror genre proud, but fails to transcend it.

April 2, 2010 Full Review | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Shutter Island

A thrilling and eerie film that consists of a solid and grand twist. Shutter Island is a Martin Scorsese attempt in the realm of suspense and thrillers that seems to pay off in an obscure way. The strength-filled cast and vintage direction ultimately helps this picture from the minor faults it possessed. 4/5
April 17, 2014
Eugene Bernabe

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This is a great psychological thriller. Leo and his partner are US marshals who arrive on Shutter Island to find a missing mental health patient. They find the staff unwilling to help and with lots of things to hide. Leo's character suffers migraines and flashbacks to his painful past of fighting in WWII, in the concentration camps and the loss of his wife in a fire. His own state of mind is in tormoil. It has scary characters and is retentless in activity. You feel your mind racing. It is like a dark hitchcock movie. If you like Sixth Sense, you will like this movie. Great cast. As always Leo really gets into his characters. Brilliant performance.
July 11, 2013
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Imaginative and intriguing film. There's some really good acting in this film. You'll probably have to see it more than once to fully appreciate the story.
June 7, 2013

Super Reviewer

    1. Warden: If I was to sink my teeth into your eye right now, would you be able to stop me before I blinded you?
    2. Teddy Daniels: Give it a try.
    3. Warden: That's the spirit.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (7 months ago)
    1. Teddy Daniels: Which would be worse - to live as a monster? Or to die as a good man?
    – Submitted by Lucas M (7 months ago)
    1. Teddy Daniels: I'm sorry, Honey. I love this thing because you gave it to me. But the truth is... it is one fuckin' ugly tie!
    – Submitted by Lorenzo V (11 months ago)
    1. Dolores: You have to let me go.
    2. Teddy Daniels: I can't!
    – Submitted by Jenna L (20 months ago)
    1. Teddy Daniels: I'm not gonna leave. I love you so much.
    2. Dolores: I'm just bones in a box, Teddy.
    – Submitted by Jenna L (20 months ago)
    1. Teddy Daniels: Which is worse, to live as a monster or to die as a good man?
    – Submitted by Kagisho K (21 months ago)
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