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Shutter Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

… even more unfrightening than The Eye Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    37

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Asian horror remakes are typically not screened for critics, and Shutter is no exception. The studios know what they have: watered-down, lifeless shells of motion pictures devoid of characters, drama, or anything remotely resembling horror.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    The director, Masayuki Ochiai, conjures textbook J-horror miasma: clammy clinical interiors; overcast skies; diffuse cityscapes. He also gives Alfred Hitchcock a nod, with a sequence nakedly stolen from “Psycho,” and draws unease from Jane’s disorientation in a foreign city. Tokyo, in fact, may be the movie’s most fascinating player.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    A blandly cast and crafted remake of the same-titled 2004 Thai pic that itself emulated J-horror norms, which seemed a lot fresher back then.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Genuine scares are few and far between, and the climactic explanation for the ghost's appearances comes as something less than a revelation.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Seems like a technological regression.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Bad script, so-so scares mar Asian horror remake.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this horror movie includes some graphic violence, including the bloody effects of a ghost's assaults on victims. There's also a jarring car accident; a leap from a balcony that has a hard, bloody ending on the sidewalk; and a camera eyepiece that pierces a character's eye. The ghost appears repeatedly in shadows and scares people. A sexual assault appears in photos and a flashback scene. The movie also includes some sexual imagery, showing women in bras and panties, as well as naked backs. There's some language and drinking, and a scene shows men agreeing to put a date-rape drug in a woman's wine.

  • Families can talk about how this movie is similar to and different from other horror films based on Asian originals. What do these movies tend to have in common? What makes this one different? Families can also discuss how the movie uses both technology and legends to create suspense.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A grumpy husband yells at his wife; a ghost haunts several people; characters lie and commit violent acts.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Car accident early in the film shows victim slammed by vehicle and tumbling under the wheels, and the car screeching and crashing into a tree. Repeated tense scenes in dark hallways or rooms; several jump scenes in which a ghost, shadow, or person appears unexpectedly. In the darkroom, Ben splashes a chemical on his face and hallucinates blood all over his eyes and face. A camera eyepiece explodes into a photographer's eye, leaving him dead (bloody face in close-up). A man leaps from a balcony with a thud (close-up of a bloody head/eye). Ghost sticks ugly long tongue in Ben's mouth; he gags and coughs and appears to suffocate. Photos show sexual assault on a woman. Man electrocutes himself.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Newlyweds kiss and embrace passionately, then the wife suggests they "get this thing consummated," though nothing is shown. Some bra-and-panties shots of women -- one straddling a man, another posing for pictures. Ghost climbs into bed with Ben and pulls her dress over her head, showing her back, which is decomposed and gross.

  • language false3

    Language: One use of "f--k," plus other profanity, including "s--t" and "goddammit."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Mac laptops; neon signs in Tokyo show various brand names.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink champagne, wine, beer. Men put date-rape drug in a woman's drink.

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