Shutter Island Critic Reviews
Originally slated to kick of 2009's Oscar season last October, Shutter Island was pushed to the depths of winter, apparently with excellent results.
"...a dark, intense thriller involving insanity, ghastly memories, mind-alteration and violence, all wrapped in a story about the search for a missing patient at an island asylum."
— Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The climactic scene won't be the only thing that leaves you shattered. Scorsese makes dark magic in this mesmerizing mind-bender."
— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"138 minutes is dangerously epic for a talky thriller, but you forget the time and even whether the plot makes sense—and if you don't notice, it doesn't matter."
— Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"The movie certainly keeps you in its grip from the opening scene: It's a nerve-twisting, tension-jammed exercise in pure paranoia and possibly Scorsese's most commercial film yet."
— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"...never gains the traction it needs to succeed as a suspenser and never sufficiently sets a bottom-line 'reality' to ground an epistemological inquiry."
— Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine