Shutter

Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12

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Critic Reviews

  1. Fans of J-horror (for Japan, where the genre was born; its conventions have since spread to South Korea and Thailand) will find Shutter familiar; others may just doze.
  2. Ostensibly a remake of a Thai film--by a Japanese director with a Hollywood cast--this plays more like a video copy of "The Ring" that’s been so degraded that all the good bits are no longer visible.
  3. 25
    Asian horror remakes are typically not screened for critics, and Shutter is no exception. The studios know what they have: watered-down, lifeless shells of motion pictures devoid of characters, drama, or anything remotely resembling horror.
  4. 20
    The very Thai-specific charms that made the original Shutter such an unforeseen, unpredictable delight when I first saw it – and when I screened it again, last night – are almost entirely absent here, eclipsed by the annoying blonde highlights of Taylor, ex-Transformer babe and forever, as the Thai say, farang.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 178 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 13 out of 20
  1. JayH.
    Jul 6, 2008
    4
    4.5/10. Well enough made, good imagery, but it never once convinced me, and that is essential for this film. Watchable but not memorable.
  2. Jun 9, 2014
    3
    This film Is a shame to the original Shutter made in 2004! Imagine the Thai version but without the scary scenes and without the suspense, addThis film Is a shame to the original Shutter made in 2004! Imagine the Thai version but without the scary scenes and without the suspense, add up a famous american actor like Joshua Jackson, few CGI effects and you get a terrible remake. Full Review »
  3. JacobS.
    Aug 10, 2008
    2
    It really is sad the movies that pass for horror these days. Apparently people that give the green light for modern movies like these seem to It really is sad the movies that pass for horror these days. Apparently people that give the green light for modern movies like these seem to think horror movie goers have the IQ of a football. Maybe the Hollywood machine is just assuming that we don't like variety. Whatever the reason, give me a random oldschool Sam Neil flick over this any day. ( I'm of course referring to the In the mouth of madness/Event Horizon days of course ), I've never seen the movie this was based on, so take my feedback as such. As far as American movies go, this movie randomly splices together elements of "The Grudge", "What Lies Beneath" and "The Ring", and it does so pretty badly. It Full Review »