What Type of Reviews Did the Film "Shutter Island" Receive?


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The majority of critics gave "Shutter Island" positive reviews when it was released in 2010, and audiences responded well to the film, too. The movie has 68 percent positive reviews on RottenTomatoes.com and an 8.1 rating (on a scale of 1 to 10) on IMDb.com as of November, 2015.

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"Shutter Island" is a psychological thriller directed by Martin Scorcese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio plays U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, who is tasked with investigating the disappearance of a woman from a hospital for the criminally insane.

When the film was released, Roger Ebert wrote that it was "ominous and doomy" and had "thrilling visuals." Tom Huddleston of TimeOut called the story "hopelessly convoluted" but wrote that "the film is held together by the sheer bludgeoning force of Scorsese’s directorial vision." Huddleston also described the movie as "ludicrous and entertaining." Many audience members liked the film's complexities.

Some critics and audience members found the movie hard to follow and felt the ending twist was jarring and bizarre. Ann Hornaday of "The Washington Post" wrote, "As 'Shutter Island' proceeds -- mostly as a series of speeches and set pieces -- what is meant to be mysterious and unsettling becomes just plain incomprehensible."

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