Shutter Island Reviews

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January 23, 2020
Unfortunately, Shutter Island is somewhat hobbled by our sense that Scorsese is slumming in the schlock-fest thriller genre.
June 7, 2019
Despite its structural problems, there are undeniably some great ideas at work here, and so many individual scenes work so well it's even more jarring when the overall film just doesn't seem to come together.
May 10, 2019
A rather slow and predictable thriller that not even the great Scorsese can salvage, despite his best efforts.
October 31, 2018
What happened to Martin Scorsese? Has Scorsese taken a trip to the lighthouse? Did somebody tell him that he too could be an Oscar-winning studio hack if he'd just let somebody cut a hole in his brain?
October 4, 2018
If [Scorsese] wanted to make great art, he needed to start with much better source material.
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
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.
June 3, 2010
...a creepy psychological thriller...short on psychology, characterization, suspense, tension, or thrills.
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.
March 22, 2010
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 16, 2010
Ruffalo is underused, some interior scenes resemble a bad sci-fi thriller and with little emotional engagement on offer, Shutter Island just doesn't have the legs to sustain its running time.
March 16, 2010
It is not Scorsese's finest offering by a long way, leaving us disoriented but ultimately unfulfilled as the cops get their answers.
March 16, 2010
It's just not exciting.
March 16, 2010
Since Scorsese is a stylist, the film is enjoyable. It would be more so if you could take out your brain and experience it only with eyes and ears.
March 16, 2010
Shutter Island could have been an entertainingly hysterical trainwreck, but the train doesn't even leave the station.
March 15, 2010
At the end of it, I got a whiff of shaggy dog.
March 15, 2010
Scorsese is capable of making a fascinating psychological thriller, but this effort is sub-Tarantino, without the irony.
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.
March 4, 2010
The film's audio-video barrage ultimately just puffs up corny B-movie material to the point of distension.
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.
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