100

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
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.
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90

Wall Street Journal

Not since "Raging Bull" has Mr. Scorsese so brazenly married brutality to beauty. Not since "Kundun" has one of his films felt so aspirational.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
DiCaprio, in his most haunting and emotionally complex performance yet, is the vessel Scorsese uses to lead us through the film’s laby­rinth.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Shutter Island holds you, but it doesn't grip you. It's as if Scorsese had put his filmmaking fever on psychotropic drugs.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
It's a pleasure to experience Scorsese as a circus master. One just hopes he doesn't continue in this vein.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
There are many many fine performers here, including the terrific Patricia Clarkson as the elusive Rachel. But Shutter Island is not so much a character study as it is an atmospheric thriller.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is a long, heavy film, in which Scorsese’s aerobic moviemaking turns mannered and uncharacteristically passive.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Despite its flaws, Shutter Island is worth seeing for the palpably nightmarish and gothic world conceived by Scorsese
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
For all the trickiness and bluster, Shutter Island is dead inside.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Scorsese stuffs the film with heavy-handed art direction and piles on a ludicrously ominous soundtrack. The soundtrack is a constant reminder of the movie's importance and only highlights its unimportance.
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63 out of 100
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