The Island Reviews

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
A stunning futuristic thriller about cloning and immortality, The Island combines spectacle with controversy.
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
November 12, 2007
The pace of this roller coaster ride becomes too furious to remember that it all started out as an adventure addressing some pertinent ethical issues about the pitfalls of stem cell research, cloning, and bio-genetics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
Actually a fairly decent sci-fi thriller for its first half.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
January 7, 2006
Like its slack-jawed clones, The Island is full of energy and incredibly pretty but burdened with only the minimum of smarts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 9, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 26, 2005
Pone el dedo en la llaga respecto a uno de los temas más controvertidos de la ciencia actual y los grupos religiosos más importantes: la actitud del hombre de jugar a ser Dios
| Original Score: 3/4
Michael Szymanski
August 28, 2005
What a Fun Ride, I think it's Bay's Best!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
August 18, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
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
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
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
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
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
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
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
July 27, 2005
Give Michael Bay credit for trying to address something more than pyrotechnics. (And credit as well for some of the most avant-garde montages this side of experimental film.)
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
July 27, 2005
Veering from the "Michael Bay is the Devil" talking points, I gotta say I admire The Island for its ability to be smart, edgy, and entertaining at once. Bay, good job!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Angela Baldassarre
July 26, 2005
An Island worth visiting. Bay action proves a good mix with McGregor humour.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Scott A. Mantz
Entertainment Insiders
July 25, 2005
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