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Overall C+

Set on the remote Shutter Island, in a 1954 mental hospital for the criminally insane, this movie follows the journey of Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio). When the ambitious US marshal eagerly accepts an assignment to investigate the disappearance of one of the institution's patient/inmates, he unexpectedly places his own freedom and sanity in jeopardy.

Violence D+
Sexual Content C+
Profanity D
Substance Use C+

MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity.

Why is Shutter Island rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Shutter Island is rated R for for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity.

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Violent and disturbing images unexpectedly appear throughout this film, often in flashbacks sequences. These include piles of corpses at a Nazi extermination camp, a Nazi commander who is repeatedly seen with a severe and bloody gunshot wound on the side of his face, and the spontaneous mass shooting of many Nazi soldiers by Allied troops. A blood-covered woman is seen with her murdered children at her feet. Children who have been drowned by a parent are depicted floating in water. Staff members at a mental institution physically restrain patients who are housed there. Some of these patients have injuries or other disfigurements and exhibit severe mental distress. Obscured frontal male nudity is briefly seen. Two occasions of explicit sexual dialog and a couple of other sexual references are heard. At least 18 sexual expletives along with other profanities and terms of deity are used. Smoking and social drinking (along with a scene where a man drinks to relieve stress) are depicted.

Shutter Island
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence, Coarse Language.
Alberta 14A Coarse Language, Disturbing Content, Not Recommended for Children.
Manitoba 14A Disturbing Content, Coarse Language, Tobacco Use/Promotion.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Violence, Disturbing Content.
Quebec 13+
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A