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Shutter Island Reviews

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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.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 5/10

July 4, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's not bad, but as Scorsese, America's greatest living filmmaker and film history buff should know, even Hitchcock came up short on occasion.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 17, 2010
Kate Muir
Times [UK]

Scorsese is capable of making a fascinating psychological thriller, but this effort is sub-Tarantino, without the irony.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

March 15, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... a big, boiling MacGuffin stew of a movie, a Hitchcockian experiment in audience manipulation that slaps its artificiality in your face like a gold G-man's shield.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 82/100

February 19, 2010
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo

It is not Scorsese's finest offering by a long way, leaving us disoriented but ultimately unfulfilled as the cops get their answers.

Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo

March 16, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Shutter Island is hysterical, in the clinical and cinematic senses, followed by plodding, just when a potboiling contraption cannot afford to be.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

February 18, 2010
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island walks a fine line between institutional thriller and what-is-reality? inquest.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

February 16, 2010
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com

Shutter Island is a surface movie without even much surface; it's awash in stale ideas and character actors like Patricia Clarkson and Jackie Earle Haley who show up every 20 minutes to give us some handy exposition, and then leave.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com

February 21, 2010
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Scorsese pays stylish homage to classic noir and psycho-dramas, but Shutter Island is a mostly sluggish endeavor, even after the dark secrets are exposed.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B-

February 18, 2010
David Foucher
EDGE Boston

A serviceable mystery/thriller that nevertheless feels emotionally scattered and for some, predictable.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: C+

February 18, 2010
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Having Martin Scorsese direct a silly psychological thriller like this is like inviting a famous chef over to boil some hot dogs and open a can of baked beans.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

February 18, 2010

Believe it or not, toward the end of the film, Leo gets down on his knees, looks up at the heavens and a craning camera and shouts "Nooooooooooo!" Just like Principal Skinner.

Full Review Source: UGO | Original Score: B-

February 18, 2010
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

The problem, then, arrives in the film's hurried final act, where a hitherto steady narrative gives way to an engorged twist that, whilst believable, insults the audience's comprehension of everything that has come before.

March 22, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Behind the feverish mood there's only fumbled surrealism and Psychiatry 101

Full Review Source: CinePassion

February 28, 2010
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

Frantic psychological thriller is beautifully crafted but suffers from a surfeit of plot ingredients.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 18, 2010
Catherine Bray
Times [UK]

Unsuccessful but fascinating and often entertaining attempt from Martin Scorsese to wrangle with baroque pulp fiction - by turns compelling, hysterical and silly.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 15, 2010
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum

I tried to get lost on Shutter Island, but am sad to say even with its ominous tone and dreary setting I found myself dreading its predictable tale.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2/5

February 25, 2010
Simon Weaving
Screenwize

You can almost feel Martin Scorsese straining to create some magic, given the pounding music, ominous cinematography, jaw-clenching close-up performances and overblown gothic flashbacks.

Full Review Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 19, 2010
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

An overlong, nauseating thriller lacking palpable suspense and clever twists which can't be saved by its exquisite production values and solid performances.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.0/10

February 20, 2010
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Shutter Island pays homage to film noir thrillers without giving us any new thrills.

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 2/4

February 19, 2010
Scott A. Mantz
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