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 the institution, he begins to suspect that the authorities in charge might not be giving him the whole truth, and that a terrible fate may befall all the patients in spooky Ward C -- a unit devoted to the most heinous of the hospital's inmates. Complicating matters further, Teddy has a secret of his own -- the arsonist who murdered his wife is incarcerated on Shutter Island. Driven to confront his wife's killer, and stranded on the island because of a hurricane, Teddy must unravel the secrets of the eerie place before succumbing to his own madness. Max von Sydow, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, and Jackie Earle Haley round out the supporting cast.
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3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Scorsese the craftsman chips away at reality piece by piece....There are thrilling visuals in SHUTTER ISLAND..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (02/17/2010)
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s a period piece set in the mid 1950s, a time of major shifts in the treatment and diagnosis of mental illness, the film situates itself in the realities of the era's cinema..."
Box Office - Sara Schieron (02/17/2010)
"It's technically masterful, as only a film by visionary director Martin Scorsese can be....The production design by Dante Ferretti is impeccable."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (02/19/2010)
"[The story] morphs into full-on psychological horror....Scorsese renders his hero's nightmares in vivid Technicolor flashbacks and dream sequences that insistently bleed into reality..." -- Grade: A-
A.V. Club - Scott Tobias (02/18/2010)
"Kingsley and von Sydow bring their smooth confidence to bear on their roles as institution big shots, while Jackie Earle Haley and Patricia Clarkson score in their individual big scenes."
Variety - Todd McCarthy (02/13/2010)
"SHUTTER ISLAND is the cinematic equivalent of a Joseph Cornell box, a world of appropriated ingredients given new meaning through their combination and juxtaposition."
Wall Street Journal - John Anderson (02/19/2010)
"In SHUTTER ISLAND, director Martin Scorsese has created a divinely dark and devious brain tease of a movie in the best noir tradition..."
Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey (02/19/2010)
"SHUTTER ISLAND is a remarkable high-wire act, performed without a net and exploiting all the accumulated skills of a consummate artist. It dazzles and provokes."
Hollywood Reporter - Kirk Honeycutt (02/13/2010)
"A post-traumatic allegory whose potency is only deepened by it final turn of the screw, SHUTTER ISLAND is most successful in manifesting physically the condition of emotional chaos and mental fracture."
Movieline - Michelle Orange (02/17/2010)
"The movie does have a pay-off....And it works, shiveringly well." -- Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (02/26/2010)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "DiCaprio, in his most haunting and emotionally complex performance yet, is the vessel Scorsese uses to lead us through the film's labyrinth."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (02/18/2010)
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n impeccably assembled genre thriller from Martin Scorsese that lets the Oscar-winning filmmaker pay painstaking homage to the Hollywood film noirs of the '40s and '50s."
Total Film - Neil Smith (02/12/2010)
4 stars out of 5 -- "SHUTTER ISLAND offers sumptuous, enthralling, shivery gothic filmmaking with a hardboiled heart and a sly line in asylum humour."
Empire - Kim Newman (03/19/2010)
3 stars out of 4 -- "A taut and stylish thriller with a twist ending that might surprise some....Martin Scorsese takes time away from crafting epics to make this fun and spooky thriller in the vein of CAPE FEAR..."