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Shutter Island Reviews

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Peter Bradshaw
March 15, 2010
At the end of it, I got a whiff of shaggy dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
March 15, 2010
It's a wonderfully inventive, visceral horror film, one of Scorsese's most enjoyable pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
March 15, 2010
As an exercise in pure style over clichéd content Shutter Island weaves an impressive and gripping spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]
March 15, 2010
Crucially, what Scorsese understands about horror movies is that the right location is everything.
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
March 15, 2010
Scorsese is capable of making a fascinating psychological thriller, but this effort is sub-Tarantino, without the irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Catherine Bray
Times (UK)
March 15, 2010
Unsuccessful but fascinating and often entertaining attempt from Martin Scorsese to wrangle with baroque pulp fiction - by turns compelling, hysterical and silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
March 15, 2010
At well over two hours, it could have done with some judicious pruning but Scorsese still manages to keep the story rattling along with a wry sleight of hand and a masterful manipulation of the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
March 15, 2010
As senseless, perverse and unwieldy as it undoubtedly is, Shutter Island might be Scorsese's most enjoyable film in a decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
March 15, 2010
Shutter Island offers sumptuous, enthralling, shivery gothic filmmaking with a hardboiled heart and a sly line in asylum humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 10, 2010
...there inevitably reaches a point wherein Scorsese's expectedly self-indulgent sensibilities hinder one's efforts at wholeheartedly embracing the increasingly convoluted narrative...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brett McCracken
Christianity Today
March 5, 2010
Shutter Island is all about the visceral, head-scratching embodiment of questions. Who is crazy? Am I crazy? Or are they crazy?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Paul Chambers
March 5, 2010
Great director, lousy material. Scorsese shoots a creepy film, but the twist ending wasn't that big a surprise to me. The story doesn't cut it. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
March 4, 2010
The film's audio-video barrage ultimately just puffs up corny B-movie material to the point of distension.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
March 3, 2010
An exercise in style so overheated that the controlled burn reignites the gothic's tropes. Slips out of its genre shackles by suggesting we're eager to drug ourselves on the thriller formula.
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
March 2, 2010
Scorsese drops the wiseguys and goodfellas for a creep-filled island.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 2, 2010
Things that go bump in the mind are so much scarier than things that go bump in the night.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Melin
February 28, 2010
It's almost as if the big reveal is actually a foregone conclusion and Scorsese knows it. When it finally comes, it allows you to catch your breath. It feels real. It makes sense because you knew it deep down all along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 28, 2010
Offers very little emotional punch to go along with the visual pizzazz, seeming more a genre exercise than a deeply felt drama. It dazzles the eye but leaves the heart cold.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Fernando F. Croce
February 28, 2010
Behind the feverish mood there's only fumbled surrealism and Psychiatry 101
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 27, 2010
The dazzling camera work by master director Martin Scorsese makes 'Shutter Island' all the more creepy ... not unlike the director's 'Cape Fear' from years back.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
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