Isle of the Dead Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 1, 2012
[Proves] that even at their flimsiest, there's still no such thing as a worthless Val Lewton horror picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 14, 2007
Claustrophobic and nightmarishly atmospheric.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
November 14, 2007
It's better handled and directed than most though thriller fans will still find its lack of action a drag.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 31, 2006
Its poetical finale comes a little too late to save it from its general dullness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
September 15, 2006
One of the few truly scary films of the 1940s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic

Time Out
June 24, 2006
The film comes magnificently alive with the burial sequence, and with the zombie-like, white-robed woman roaming through shadowy galleries and shuttered rooms.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 28, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
January 2, 2005
Zombies and Karloff...chills and thrills.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 17, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
Full of expertly handled shocks.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 16, 2002
One of the better post-Tourneur Lewton films
| Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
"memorably moody"
| Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 22, 2009
quite bad
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 6, 2009
Mark Robson's direction here reduces a country's political/spiritual unrest to pronouncements by pinned-down actors about "uneasy conscience" and "fool's courage"
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