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Shut In (2016)



Critic Consensus: Fatally undermined by a clichéd, confused plot and a total absence of thrills, Shut In wastes its talented cast -- and viewers' time.

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SHUT IN is a heart-pounding thriller starring Naomi Watts as a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England. When a young boy Mary (Watts) is treating goes missing, and is presumed dead, she becomes convinced that his ghost is haunting her and her bedridden son.

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Oliver Platt
as Dr Wilson, Dr. Wilson
Tim Post
as Sheriff
Anton Chevier
as Stephen (5 Years Old)
Thomas Macedo
as Stephen (9 Years Old)
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Critic Reviews for Shut In

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (14)

It's low-key and modestly budgeted, but perfectly well made, and Watts maintains a cool and steady presence.

February 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This movie is bad. It's hilariously bad. The horror elements are wasted frivolously on silly jump scares including raccoons, dramatic grabbing of body parts, and every other horror trope in the book.

November 20, 2016 | Rating: 1/5

There isn't one genuine thrill in the whole thing. I've had bigger scares from my goldfish bowl.

November 16, 2016 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
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As Mary loses sleep, her paranoia worsens, yet Christina Hodson's monotonous script fails to make Mary's psychological struggles feel any more severe than a case of misplaced keys.

November 15, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Watts gives her all to this overheated nonsense, but is powerless to make emotional sense of what turns out to be the story's twisted central relationship, and ends up being just another fiercely maternal damsel in distress.

November 13, 2016 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

This hokey horror film should have stayed cooped up.

November 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shut In


Naomi Watts stars in the intense (and somewhat stereotypical) psychological thriller Shut In. The story follows widowed mother and child psychologist Mary Portman who starts to question her sanity when one of her patients goes missing and she beings to have strange visions. Watts gives a very strong performance, really capturing the paranoia and terror of the character. And the director does a good job at using space; both in showing Mary's isolation in the country and her confinement in her house. But unfortunately the writing is rather weak, with a thin plot and underdeveloped characters. Shut In is suspenseful and has some frightening moments, but overall it's a fairly mediocre and formulaic horror film.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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This movie has little suspense and surprises, it tires to replace those with jump scares. Watts acts great although the character she is playing is not that deep or intelligent at times. It is a good twist but it was poorly executed, the one thing that stands out are some of the shots (good cinematography).

Jarrin Rozenblad
Jarrin Rozenblad

Super Reviewer

Shut In is just basically what it tries to do. It attempts to scare people poorly and terribly at the way too. Just another low-quality horror bait. Don't watch.

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