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Shutter Fails to Click With Reviewers

shutter.jpgYou don’t have to be psychic to predict that critics would reject Shutter on sight; J-horror remakes have long worn out their welcome. No worries, these sorts of reviews will probably bury Shutter and its ilk, and bury them deep:

“At this point, Americanized J-horror has become the Michael Myers of horror subgenres: Every time it’s stabbed in the eye, hurled out a second-story window, and seemingly left for dead, it just keeps coming back for more.” — Scott Tobias, The AV Club

“The movies keep coming, as if an assembly line has been started and no one knows how to turn it off… Please, make them stop!” — James Berardinelli, ReelViews

“This third Asian horror remake in as many months is a flimsy, no-weight cash magnet devoid of even the most basic cinematic principles, its simple visual competence a technical given in a world were any idiot can pick up a digital camera for an intended Kodak moment.” — Rob Humanick, Slant

“In a better film– like the original, which conveyed real emotional
gravity — the fadeout image would provide a lingering chill. Here,
it’s just a mild goosing after formulaic genre slog.” — Dennis Harvey,
Variety

“Megumi (Megumi Okina), the roving angry spirit at the center of Shutter,
will shoot you icy looks from afar and ruin your wedding photos. Oh,
and give you a shoulder cramp. Scared yet? Jane Shaw (Rachael Taylor,
the blonde-bombshell hacker from Transformers) sure is — so terrified that she occasionally forgets she’s supposed to have an American accent.” — Luke Y. Thompson, OCWeekly

“The fact that women in this film only gain their power posthumously might be Shutter‘s sole lasting thread left for us to discuss.” — Sara Schieron, Boxoffice

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