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Shutter Island Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 2, 2012
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
John Gholson
February 10, 2012
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.
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
November 5, 2011
... Shutter Island, the fourth collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio, is the best work they have done together.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
It's a strong and at times gripping offering from Hollywood's cosiest A-list filmmaker/star pairing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
May 6, 2011
A brilliantly constructed mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Every detail of the production design is on point for maximum dread and psychic confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joshua Starnes
March 30, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jordan Hiller
January 10, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 4, 2011
Not the masterpiece I was hoping for...
January 3, 2011
Fortunately, the music chosen to underscore the ever-increasing sense of unease and mystery (artfully selected by Robbie Robertson) is a constant pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
June 23, 2010
Shutter Island, after an involving and entertaining beginning, settles for a victory by judges' decision rather than a final knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 6, 2010
Multiplex entertainment this distinctive and provocative doesn't come along every day: it's a head trip well worth taking. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 3, 2010
...a creepy psychological thriller...short on psychology, characterization, suspense, tension, or thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Prairie Miller
June 2, 2010
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.
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
May 26, 2010
Ilha do Medo Ú O Iluminado de Martin Scorsese.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 3, 2010
Por momentos excesiva y algo decepcionante, resulta de todos modos un inquietante ejercicio sobre la locura servido con gran habilidad por Martin Scorsese.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Daily Record (UK)
April 2, 2010
As psychological horror thrillers go, it might be flawed, but it's a technically masterful piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 2, 2010
Shutter Island is second-tier Scorsese, but not one of his misfires. It does the gothic horror genre proud, but fails to transcend it.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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