Shutter Island
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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for a fourth time for this adaptation of Shutter Island, a novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River). The film opens in 1954 as World War II veteran and current federal marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner, Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), ferry to Shutter Island, a water-bound mental hospital housing the criminally insane. They have been asked to investigate the disappearance of Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer), a patient admitted to the asylum after she murdered her three children. As Teddy quizzes Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley), the head of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A brilliantly constructed mystery."
‑ C. Robert Cargill,
"Umberto Eco wrote, "Two clichés make us laugh but a hundred clichés move us, because we sense dimly that the clichés are talking among themselves, celebrating a reunion." Shutter Island is that reunion, and that shrine."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"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"
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"It's a strong and at times gripping offering from Hollywood's cosiest A-list filmmaker/star pairing."
‑ Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"Scorsese and DiCaprio, in their fourth film together, again create an intense, provocative film-going experience, where the ride, accommodations, and destination are all first class."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"As senseless, perverse and unwieldy as it undoubtedly is, Shutter Island might be Scorsese's most enjoyable film in a decade."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Sorry, but the late reward hardly justifies all that punishment."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Story quibbling aside, Shutter Island is high on atmosphere, in large part due to the visuals, and the collaboration between Scorsese and (Cinematographer) Robert Richardson actually feels like the two men having a blast with their craft."
‑ John Gholson, Cinematical
"Every detail of the production design is on point for maximum dread and psychic confusion."
‑ Dave White,
"Not the masterpiece I was hoping for..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It comes on strong, but in its bloody heart of hearts it's no more resonant than one of those old Vincent Price-Edgar Allan Poe contraptions - and less entertaining, too."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A movie that keeps you guessing to the end and then -- miraculously -- makes the guessing pay off."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"... Shutter Island, the fourth collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio, is the best work they have done together."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"As hard as Shutter Island works to convince you that is a dumb but flashy thriller when it is actually a fairly smart one, it may well be as hollow as any magic trick."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Fortunately, the music chosen to underscore the ever-increasing sense of unease and mystery (artfully selected by Robbie Robertson) is a constant pleasure."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
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