Shut In

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Fatally undermined by a clichéd, confused plot and a total absence of thrills, Shut In wastes its talented cast -- and viewers' time.

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Mary Portman (Naomi Watts) is a widowed child psychologist who lives in isolation in rural Maine. The horrific car accident that killed her husband also left her 18-year-old stepson Stephen (Charlie Heaton) in a bedridden, catatonic state, leaving him completely dependent on her. When one of Portman's young patients vanishes without a trace, she becomes convinced that the boy's (Jacob Tremblay) ghost is now in the house as a dangerous ice storm starts to wreak havoc outside.

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (41)

  • It's low-key and modestly budgeted, but perfectly well made, and Watts maintains a cool and steady presence.

    February 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There isn't one genuine thrill in the whole thing. I've had bigger scares from my goldfish bowl.

    November 16, 2016 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Observer
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  • As Mary loses sleep, her paranoia worsens, yet Christina Hodson's monotonous script fails to make Mary's psychological struggles feel any more severe than a case of misplaced keys.

    November 15, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Watts gives her all to this overheated nonsense, but is powerless to make emotional sense of what turns out to be the story's twisted central relationship, and ends up being just another fiercely maternal damsel in distress.

    November 13, 2016 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

    AV Club
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  • This hokey horror film should have stayed cooped up.

    November 12, 2016 | Full Review…
  • In this achingly inept thriller, you will see Naomi Watts do what she can to sell a plot of such preposterousness that the derisory laughter around me began barely 20 minutes in.

    November 12, 2016 | Full Review…

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  • Jun 29, 2017
    Naomi Watts stars in the intense (and somewhat stereotypical) psychological thriller Shut In. The story follows widowed mother and child psychologist Mary Portman who starts to question her sanity when one of her patients goes missing and she beings to have strange visions. Watts gives a very strong performance, really capturing the paranoia and terror of the character. And the director does a good job at using space; both in showing Mary's isolation in the country and her confinement in her house. But unfortunately the writing is rather weak, with a thin plot and underdeveloped characters. Shut In is suspenseful and has some frightening moments, but overall it's a fairly mediocre and formulaic horror film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2016
    This movie has little suspense and surprises, it tires to replace those with jump scares. Watts acts great although the character she is playing is not that deep or intelligent at times. It is a good twist but it was poorly executed, the one thing that stands out are some of the shots (good cinematography).
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2016
    Shut In is just basically what it tries to do. It attempts to scare people poorly and terribly at the way too. Just another low-quality horror bait. Don't watch.
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