Critics Consensus: Shutter Island Is Solid But Minor Scorsese
Plus, critics have plenty of love for Lourdes and Ghost Writer.
It's inevitable that a new Martin Scorsese movie will be greeted rapturously by film buffs -- and will be compared, fairly or not, to his past triumphs. Critics say Shutter Island is unquestionably the work of a cinematic maestro, but it's also a second-tier effort in the man's career. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a U.S. marshal investigating a patient's disappearance from a remote hospital for the criminally insane; however, it quickly becomes clear that things aren't quite as they seem. Most pundits say Shutter Island is masterfully crafted and atmospherically creepy; however, others find it somewhat bloodless, a solid B-movie that lacks the master's touch. (Check out our feature, Great Directors: Martin Scorsese, on the director's brilliant body of work, as well as this week's Total Recall, in which we count down DiCaprio's best-reviewed films.)
Also opening this week in limited release:
- Lourdes, a drama about a physically disabled woman who seeks a miracle in the titular city, is at 91 percent.
- Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer, starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan in a thriller about an author who discovers his subject may have engaged in some ominous deeds, is at 80 percent.
- Phyllis and Harold, a documentary about 59-year marriage with a dark secret, is at 71 percent.
- Blood Done Sign My Name, a drama based upon a real-life murder that sparked social change in 1970s North Carolina, is at 44 percent.
- The Good Guy, starring Alexis Bledel and Andrew McCarthy in a dramedy about a young idealist and her romantic pratfalls with Wall Street types, is at 38 percent.
- Happy Tears, starring Demi Moore and Parker Posey in an indie comedy about a pair of squabbling sisters and their irascible father, is at 37 percent.