The Island Reviews

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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 13, 2005
It's extremely well acted by McGregor and Johansson, both of whom bring more to their roles than the script really deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 13, 2005
This is a futuristic thriller about cloning, which is ironic given that The Island is a clone of half a dozen much better sci-fi movies.
August 10, 2005
It's a movie about clones, which is fitting because this is a clone... - cool action, but it tries to be too many different kinds of films and spreads itself too thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 9, 2005
As a whole, it's only almost good. But it's full of good elements, and it never made me furious.
Nev Pierce
BBC.com
August 9, 2005
[T]here's plenty to enjoy in the more intimate, character-based moments, if you can cope with the relentlessly overblown action that surrounds them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
August 7, 2005
Unapologetically action-oriented but it has a passionate subtext too - this Michael Bay's take on every sci-fi movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
Philippa Hawker
Sydney Morning Herald
August 5, 2005
A confused but moderately entertaining confection, a film that feels as much of an artificial construct as the world inhabited by Lincoln Six Echo and his fellows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
August 4, 2005
Kudos to Bay for not only envisioning a bleak future that might one day come to be (and keeping those neurons firing) but also for keeping the action thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 2, 2005
What really distinguishes 'The Island' is that it's a Michael Bay movie with a compelling idea, or at least a resonant question: What does it mean to be human?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
August 2, 2005
Veraniega en el sentido más comercial de la definición, sobresale en su género particular, en un buen nivel dentro de ese cine que no pide muchas neuronas (clonadas o no).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 1, 2005
Once you push past the topicality, the film is pretty simplistic - not to mention derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
July 31, 2005
Utterly heedless of any ideas of logic, plot development, or even spatial sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
July 30, 2005
The action is sometimes exciting and occasionally clever but, like most Bay run/drive/explode sequences, it's mechanical and less involving than it ought to be.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
July 30, 2005
This is one heck of a stupid movie...just the thing to enjoy with that wonderful invention known as air conditioning.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 29, 2005
Bay's enormous success has placed him beyond strictures of moderation. The Island is a full hour too long, and, watching it, you can smell the budget and watch it burn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 29, 2005
What begins on an extended note of sci-fi excitement sinks under its own weight, the victim of a castaway plot.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
July 29, 2005
Rotten to the core.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 28, 2005
What the clone lovers find is a new world -- it's 2019 -- of highway collisions, flying motorbikes, exploding buildings, bad acting and moral incoherence, very much like old Bay movies.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
July 28, 2005
A high-energy sci-fi thriller that's smarter, edgier and more exciting than the usual action-packed summer blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.25/4
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 28, 2005
Since Michael Bay never knows when enough is enough, every chase is restaged over and again and the narrative matrix is as simplistic as it is repetitive.
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