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  • Summary: Shutter Island is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule, who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the cost of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island's fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane. (Paramount Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. When was the last time you had to wait until the final sentence of a film to understand all the details? When was the last time you went to a genre movie – or what looked like one in spooky trailers – and realized the director had fulfilled that promise and meditated on his favorite topic? Shutter Island does just that.
  2. 88
    DiCaprio, in his most haunting and emotionally complex performance yet, is the vessel Scorsese uses to lead us through the film’s laby­rinth.
  3. It's not a great movie so much as it is great moviemaking. It's basically a potboiler genre film, a B-movie with big talent attached.
  4. 70
    No one is denying the energy and the dread that stalked the best B movies of the past, but, when the best director of the present revives such monsters, how can he hope to do better than a B-plus?
  5. 63
    This is a long, heavy film, in which Scorsese’s aerobic moviemaking turns mannered and uncharacteristically passive.
  6. Shutter Island is slumming: minor but enjoyably nuts.
  7. 20
    Something TERRIBLE is afoot. Sadly, that something turns out to be the movie itself.

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  1. Negative: 33 out of 226
  1. Sep 14, 2010
    I'll keep it short. This film is one of the best films I have seen recently. So intense, thrilling and it keeps you to the edge of your seat. From prologue to the epilogue it's so perfect. What can you expect more from a director of his caliber.!!!!! Expand
  2. Shawn
    Mar 31, 2010
    Martin and Leo best director actor combo in a long time... The only people who didn't like this movie are closed minded people who can't deal with surprises. Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2010
    Simply amazing. If you have read the book, you will see that the movie is a near-perfect replication, so fans of Lehane's work will love this. If you don't already know, the story is that of two U.S. Marshals, Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule, as they head to the Ashecliff Hospital for the Mentally Insane to search for a prisoner who has vanished into thin air. Throughout the story, Daniels and Aule are warned and told to leave, and are told of highly-illegal, experimental surgeries that take place at the lighthouse on the island. After a devastating hurricane hits the island, more and more answers come and you'll be able to start piecing together the twisted story. But the twist ending will have you on the edge of your seat, as it will make you re-look at the entire story again to realize the real truth. This is truly one of DiCaprio's best works, as he captures the essence of Teddy Daniels and his rapidly-deteriorating state of mind. If you like mystery movies, are looking for a film with some action, or seek a flick with a good back-story to it, this movie is for you. Expand
  4. Oct 13, 2010
    I guess Leo and Scorsese are just too good together to stop making movies, and this one is no exception. Creepy at times, and it's amazing how elaborate the whole idea was in the end (obviously you have to watch to know). Expand
  5. Nov 24, 2011
    It was ok. You see the twist well before the film is even over with and it is a little dull at times but for the most part it was interesting to watch just to see where it was going. Solid performances by the cast as well. Expand
  6. MikeDavis
    Feb 22, 2010
    I had waited in anticipation for this, but was let down by the "twist". The CGI was poor. Scenes didn't quite flow right for me. When a scene was required, it just appeared as when Teddy was wandering and the warden just appeared. I was thinking that something of substance would occur, but no it was just a ride back followed by that eye thing. Made no sense, very pretentious and contrived in my book. I knew the end about 3/4 through, but was hoping for the double negaitive. The acting was very good though, and I'll rent it when it comes out as I'd like to see which clues I missed, similar to "The Sixth Sense". Expand
  7. KimmyV
    Mar 6, 2010
    Don't even waste your precious time on this movie. Boring at best. What was Scorsese thinking? Too bad, since you can usually count on a great film with the featured actors and director. Expand

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