Parent reviews for Shutter Island

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Common Sense says

age 18+

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Parents say

age 16+

Based on 33 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 96 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!

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age 18+

Really good

Must watch
age 14+

Shutter Island Review

Shutter island is an exceptional film, with incredible scenario, direction, and acting. However, although it is a movie worth watching, it is not for kids younger than 15 years old. Besides from shocking, deep and terrifying imagery, it also deals with concepts like loss, guilt, pain, love, obsession, and most importantly war, which could psychologically hurt a sensitive kid. Nevertheless, if you believe that your child is mature enough to deal with these kind of things, they should without a doubt watch it, preferably not on their own, but with a parent/person they are close to.

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age 18+

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age 16+

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Too much violence
age 16+

Plot-twisting, intense Martin Scorsese film that brings its own interesting perspective on mental illness.

Shutter Island is one of Martin Scorsese's most unique films that not only showcases Leonardo DiCaprio's highly versatile acting skills but a very well-made psychological thriller with ambiguous scenarios that keep the viewers' minds fixated on the possible outcomes of almost every scene that transpires throughout the film. It's about a U.S. Marshal and his partner who travel on a ferry to go to investigate a patient escapee at Ashecliffe Hospital, an insane asylum that harbors the most dangerous, mentally disturbed patients, regarded as criminally insane and a threat to their own society. The island is operated and lead by numerous psychiatrists who have their own methodology on how they choose to treat their patients, either via medication, therapy, or surgery, invasive or non-invasive. Honestly, Shutter Island is not for the faint of heart, since it revolves around dark subject matter such as people suffering from severe forms of mental illness that resulted in gruesome homicides (including a woman who murdered her own young children), schizophrenia, manic-depressive disorder, suicide, nightmarish hallucinations, psychosis, etc. Language is infrequent but strong in this film (couple uses of the f-word and crude anatomical terms). There's no sex or graphic nudity shown in this film. The main form of "drug use" in this film are scenes where patients are given medications and sedatives to help suppress their condition. Shutter Island is a darkly entertaining film that brings out your own ideologies about what's possibly happening throughout the film until it all culminates in the end. If your teenage children can handle the intense subject matter realistically shown in this film, then Shutter Island shouldn't be an issue.

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age 11+

Good cinematography and atmosphere. Story is just good.

age 16+

Twisty, with an old fashioned noir feel to it!

Only good results can happen when Leo and Marty make a picture, and this formula is solidified with "Shutter Island;" the name alone makes you think of a Bogart-esque 40's film, right? The scenery and lighting are impeccable, along with that score, that incredible orchestra score that haunts the film, placing the viewer right in the middle of this mental asylum and forcing them to peek around the corner like Leo and Mark Ruffalo do. The plot twist was interesting, and wrapped things up nicely, but the real gift here is seeing vets like Max von Sydow and Jackie Earl Haley and seeing them get into some seriously juicy character roles. Leo is great too, bringing his usual emotional intensity to a role that demands QUITE a lot of it.

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age 14+

Truly exceptional!

The first time I watched this movie, it was quite confusing. I had to search movie reviews to better understand what the story was about. After knowing more, I ended up loving it! It's one of those brilliantly made psychological thrillers that makes you really think and you have to watch the movie very carefully, preferably twice to really understand and catch all the clues. It's eerie and dark in a mysterious atmosphere with creepy sound effects that really hit the spot and sets the mood. It's also sad too because you get to experience a little of what it's like in a mental institution and what one may be going through. If you're watching for the first time and didn't fully understand the story, look it up and read other people's interpretations, it helps so that when you watch it again it makes a lot more sense! Very enjoyable movie! Leo is (once again) amazing! Loved all the actors. Violence is pretty strong and has shootings, dead bodies including children, children who drowned, needles used as weapons, fires, scary images and dream flashbacks of frightening events. Sexual content just has some kissing of a married couple, nude prisoners (mainly shadowed) and we hear a couple "f" words and c*ck in a sexual way. Language is also strong with plenty of "f" words and other harsh words. Some drinking, lots of smoking and some prescription pills used. I think it's fine for 15+ viewers but it does make you think so it may be boring for teens! Adults will love.

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age 14+

the movie

i watched part of this movie at my aunts house on the 4th of july like 2 years a go...it was ok until the failed suicide part where the guy tried to kill himself... and his head was half blown off but he was still alive... i couldnt watch it anymore after that because 4 months earlier my friend committed suicide by shooting himself... and i had a nightmare about that... i

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