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Shutter Island

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Twisty, disturbing Scorsese thriller too intense for most.

Movie R 2010 138 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 35 parent reviews

age 17+

Excellent movie! Very well-made!

I saw this movie last night, and I was absolutely blown away! It takes a few times to see to fully understand it, since it is all about the mind, time, and determining what is real and what isn’t. There are a lot of elements to consider while watching it, and there is a lot of intensity as the audience learns the truth about what is actually happening. In my opinion, it is one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s best performances, and I like how Mark Ruffalo played a part in it besides being in the Avengers. This movie is one of Martin Scorsese’s movies that will never be forgotten, and it will definitely be one of those movies that I will want to watch again and again. It it hard to say if there are any positive messages/role models because each character is different for the first half of the movie, but they are different in the second half, and there is no one who is the same for the entire movie, but besides that, the movie is heavy on violence and language. Besides all of this, it is well-made, well-written, and not a movie to miss!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 14+

Thrilling and brilliant

Very intense thriller masterfully crafted full of twists and visual details that make it a true masterpiece and a forever modern classic

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (35 ):
Kids say (105 ):

SHUTTER ISLAND is a great-looking, highly stylized, very intense thriller in the vein of Martin Scorsese's earlier Cape Fear (1991). The film was directed by the legendary Scorsese and adapted from a novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone). While Scorsese is very good at creating strong images and exploring powerful characters head-on, though, he's not particularly good at sneaking around, planting clues and red herrings, and springing surprise plot twists.

Experienced moviegoers will likely be two jumps ahead of the story, but that doesn't take away from the pure, exciting, physical experience of the movie itself. Individual moments and the performances of an excellent cast can take your breath away, regardless of the whole. As with many of Scorsese's movies, the imagery can be of a highly disturbing -- even nightmarish -- nature, and younger viewers are strongly warned away.

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