“Not Worth The Time!”
“Actually Not Bad”
“Shutter, Was To An Extent A Disappointment As Horror/Thriller Films Go Because It Just Wasn't That Frightening. In Fact It Was Dull And Predictable All The Way Through.”
“Well... I Liked It”
“This Movie Should Be Called "SHITTER"!”
“Don't Waste Your Time!”
“One Of The Most Poorly Written And Rushed Films I've Seen Recently.”
“Shutter Is A Movie You Take Your Date On. They Will Be Holding You Tighter Then Before. The Graphics In The Movie Are Great.”
“It Was Frican Awsome”
“What I Think”
“Don't Capture This Photo!”
“Grudge Remake Anyone?”
“Keeps U Completely Freaked Out From Beggining To End!”
Will the next terror-minded remake involve a possessed telegraph machine or a grudge-minded ox and cart? Neither option could be any lamer than the shock-free Shutter.
Clark Collis - Entertainment Weekly
The director, Masayuki Ochiai, conjures textbook J-horror miasma: clammy clinical interiors; overcast skies; diffuse cityscapes.
Andy Webster - New York Times
If Shutter is any indication, the reputation of professional photographers is still on the wane. Not only are photographs creepy, the film suggests, but so are photographers.
Michael Hardy - Boston Globe
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. Low on real scares, atmosphere and character.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
Shutter is seriously short on shudders.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
With Shutter, that nerve-tingling soundtrack gets heavy use almost from the beginning of the movie. It becomes tiresome.
Philip Marchand - Toronto Star
The epitome of gutless, derivative hackwork.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
Though a presentation of 20th Century Fox, Shutter has the look and feel of a proper J-horror film.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Strictly perfunctory in its concept and execution, Shutter presents the usual series of spooky images of a deadpan female ghost showing up at odd times and moving in the slow, jerky movements that are de rigueur for the genre.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
Shutter, which attempts to do for cameras what The Ring did for videocassettes, what Pulse did for computers, and what The Grudge did for grudges.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
Avoid unless you've never seen a horror movie in your life or you just have very low standards.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Drew Toal - Time Out
...an absolutely redundant piece of work...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Out of the list of horrible remakes I've experienced in 2008, "Shutter" really isn't the worst one I've seen yet, but it sure does suck enough to rank up there...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
... the film feels like a made-for-TV movie.
Lucius Gore - ESplatter
Similar to a theme park ride that scares kids, this Asian horror film frightens only newcomers to the genre from which it practically bootlegs.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Shutter the latest photographic enlargement of an Asian horror picture, is clearer and sharper than many of its predecessors, but even the most expert re-touching cannot obscure the fact that we have seen it all before.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Shutter features another pale, scraggly haired young woman a la The Ring haunting our protagonists. Yawn.
Christian Toto - Washington Times
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
As pretty and bland as its lead actors.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Yeah, this movie is a must avoid.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
Workmanlike at best; derivative, predictable and slightly dull at worst.
Tony Horkins - Empire Magazine
Tony Horkins - Empire Magazine Australasia
It's an effective scary story that depicts women with spirit - on both sides of the divide.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
It's all rather predictable, and often irritatingly derivative
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
SHUTTER should have been the scariest horror film since THE RING, but instead it was infuriatingly bad. This joins ONE MISSED CALL in the ranks of worst horror remakes of all-time and I highly recommend skipping this one for the original...
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting
The latest in the downward spiral of remakes
Jason Morgan - Filmcritic.com
Are more of these Asian remakes in the offering? I "Shutter" to think.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Only the punning title distinguishes this one from...other entries in this exhausted genre.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
What happens is the same as every other J-horror remake only less so, at least in part because it stars Rachael Taylor and Joshua Jackson instead of actual famous people.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
No one needs a telephoto lens to see what's coming in Shutter.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Really, what's the point? It's a business deal rather than a movie.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Suffers from cumulative mediocrity. In other words, there's only so much recycled rubbish you can endure without wanting to take a hostage.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
J-horror thrives on atmosphere and that's one of the many things missing from Shutter, along with tension, wit and, you know, scares
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Your soul will be intact after Shutter, but it will cost you 85 minutes.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
At some point in Shutter you will probably lose count, along with your patience, but the film will keep right on going.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Running a slim 85 minutes, Shutter could easily lose two reels and still make sense.
Alex Markerson - E! Online
The main problem is that they spelled the title wrong. The first vowel should be an I.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Shutter is a ghost story free of logic and spirit, representative of everything that's wrong with so much of current mainstream studio fare.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
Apparently, they really do hate us abroad. Just look at this jewel inspired by Asian fare. Risible doesn't even begin to describe it. Lost in translation? No. Lost from the get-go.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Add Shutter to the rapidly growing list of American remakes of Asian horror thrillers, in this case a flat, simple schlocky recycling of a crafty and scary Thai flick about the supernatural and the occult.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The only thrills in 'Shutter' come from watching Joshua Jackson in a couple of appealing close-ups.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Shutter coughs up another vengeful ghost in the form of a spurned Japanese waif who appears in photographs and sets about getting her message across as many ghosts do -- in the most indirect, passive-aggressive, logic-defying way imaginable
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Ochiai directs with calm assurance -- no eyeball-rattling quick cuts here -- and Dawson's screenplay preserves most of the original script's strengths and fixes a couple of weaknesses.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The choice of a Japanese director and a number of key Japanese crew seems to have helped make this American remake a notch better than the other atrocious remakes such as One Missed Call, Pulse and The Eye.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
It's hardly news that in a scary movie, a white girl wandering through Tokyo is frightened and harassed by some supernatural phenomenon.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
It gets points for avoiding the graphic gore so common in horror movies nowadays, but Shutter won't make you shudder, let alone scream.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Its PG-13 rating and basic lack of gore seem designed to be uncontroversial, but of course the result of all this anti-controversy is a really dull film.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
It's fun to root for the one who says "Boo!" rather than the screaming ciphers for whom we are usually asked to cheer.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
As far as the Asian horror remakes go, I've seen a lot worse... But then again, I've seen a lot better.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Personally, I prefer the Thai original, which is available on DVD. It truly gave me the creeps.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
...like a video copy of The Ring which has so degraded that all the good bits are no longer visible.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Can no one think of a different reason for ghosts to haunt people?
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
A flat, boring, lifeless movie pro-environmental groups ought to protest as a waste of natural resources. Perhaps 20th Century Fox could give some free popcorn to people who buy tickets to their next movie.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
'Shutter' is a movie that's a few years behind its time, maybe even a few decades.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
Ultimately becomes little more than a series of derivative, predictable genre conventions without the necessary skill to back them up.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
A dreary parade of the familiar...unrelentingly boring and needlessly unimaginative.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Another reason not to get the 'Supernatural Package' at the one-hour photo.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com