75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Surprisingly effective supernatural tale in which there's more to fear from the living than the dead.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
Shutter has the look and feel of a proper J-horror film. Tokyo is seen as a series of gloomy gun metal skies. And the acting is more subdued than in Hollywood horror movies.
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50

Boston Globe

If Shutter is any indication, the reputation of professional photographers is still on the wane. Not only are photographs creepy, the film suggests, but so are photographers.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

Seems like a technological regression.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Genuine scares are few and far between, and the climactic explanation for the ghost's appearances comes as something less than a revelation.
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40

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
A blandly cast and crafted remake of the same-titled 2004 Thai pic that itself emulated J-horror norms, which seemed a lot fresher back then.
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40

The New York Times

The director, Masayuki Ochiai, conjures textbook J-horror miasma: clammy clinical interiors; overcast skies; diffuse cityscapes. He also gives Alfred Hitchcock a nod, with a sequence nakedly stolen from “Psycho,” and draws unease from Jane’s disorientation in a foreign city. Tokyo, in fact, may be the movie’s most fascinating player.
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38

San Francisco Chronicle

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.
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25

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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20

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
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.
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37 out of 100
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