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The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 5

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On a remote tropical island, Dr. Moreau has appointed himself ruler over a menagerie of genetic mutants fashioned in his gene-splicing chamber of horrors. The products of his misguided attempt to create a more "pure" human species, the man-beasts worship Moreau as their god and "father" and live by his code of law -- a code rigidly enforced by radio-operated implants in their bodies capable of inflicting pain and death. Into this surreal nightmare arrives UN negotiator Edward Douglas (David

Aug 28, 1997

New Line Home Entertainment

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (24) | DVD (6)

The movie keeps switching focus without ever getting its bearings, and when Brando exits earlier than expected, there's little but mayhem to fall back on.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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It's not to say there's not a lot wrong with the film, but rather to suggest that the chief criticisms of it being strange and "a mess" aren't among them.

August 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Muddled effort.

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An often fascinating mess, but a mess all the same.

July 19, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There's the obese Brando pretending to be God while dressed in gauzy white robes like a demented pope

June 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Comment (1)

Amazingly, Kilmer delivers an odder performance than Brando. Creepy retelling.

October 24, 2003
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

In its final third, the movie goes to hell in more ways than Frankenheimer intended.

July 1, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The most exciting characters are killed off too early, and what we're left with is a Satan's "Seasme Street."

May 8, 2003 Full Review
Critics Inc./America Online

I'm sure it looked good on paper. That and Kilmer's frighteningly apt mimicry of Brando's voice are about the only positive things I can say.

March 5, 2003
Needcoffee.com

Uneven; definitely has its moments.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for The Island of Dr. Moreau

I genuinely can't begin to describe how bizarre this movie is. I almost recommend it just for people to see how bad movies can get.
September 8, 2012
Joe McCall

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Brando and Kilmer are both totally off their rockers in this. Kudos to Frankenheimer for just finishing this flawed, but slightly interesting film.
Stan Winston's make up is also incredible.
December 13, 2010
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

On a remote ISLAND in the South Pacific, the balance OF nature has been upset by the experiments of DR. MOREAU... with the key of science he's unlocked the gates of hell.
December 19, 2009
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  • L'Ile du Docteur Moreau (FR)
  • La isla del Dr. Moreau (ES)
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