It definitely has its appeal to the crowd it's pandering toward, and it's a success in its mission to bring the awe and thrills.
The whole movie has such an air of giddy adventure that I had a good time with it. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is charming, in spite of its imperfections.
| Original Score: 3/4
Falls far short of cinematic art but goes down pretty well with a box of popcorn and modest expectations.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It's all a bit silly. But Journey 2 does have the uncomplicated charm of those ancient mid-budget epics in which Doug McClure narrowly avoided being eaten by Pterodactyls.
| Original Score: 3/5
Silly, colorful, harmless and fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The visual effects are as artificial as the genially preposterous story, but the movie is all in fun, and painless for grownups.
... everybody seems to be having fun ...
A good cast and an enjoyable adventure equals solid family viewing.
| Original Score: 6/10
Reminded me of the old Saturday morning live-action television shows of my youth, like The Land of the Lost and Danger Island.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Younger children may find some of the action a bit scary, but the filmmakers have tried to keep this element under control-brief and just intense enough to get a rise out of their audience but never gory.
| Original Score: 2.1/2
Colorful, undemanding, PG-rated boys'-and-girls' adventure.
Burdened with a leaden script built only with cliché, the sequel manages to pack a harder punch of adventure than its predecessor, making better use of its 3D environments
| Original Score: B-
At its heart, 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' aims for fun, old-fashioned thrills and delivers for the most part. It's a fun ride.(Parental Review also available)
The equivalent of those pre-made sandwiches you buy at Starbucks -- not bad for you, and not entirely lacking in flavor, but nothing particularly memorable, either.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is an anything-goes funhouse disguised as an adventure movie. That's not a bad thing at all.
Grown-ups and reviewers aren't supposed to like movies that are almost entirely CG and PG-rated eye candy, but screw it. The inner child wins out on this one.
| Original Score: A-
The Mysterious Island is everything a 12-year-old boy could want - endless adventure involving a reckless adolescent hero, with a pretty girl in a clinging T-shirt around to watch him struggle.
Hey, it moves right along. It rockets on a certain goofy bliss. Never mind the filmmakers have clearly never read the original Verne/Stevenson/Swift books beyond cover blurbs
| Original Score: 2/4
A well-paced and highly entertaining family film made with good humor, panache, and imagination.
| Original Score: B+
...a delightful entertainment for children and adults alike with the best 3D I've seen since the first of the series in 2008.
| Original Score: 8/10