• PG, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Jon Shenk
    In Theaters:
    Mar 28, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 13, 2012
  • Samuel Goldwyn Films

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The Island President Reviews

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Nathan Southern
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One only hopes that the documentary will help advance Nasheed's mission and inspire others to join arms out of shared ecological concern.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 7, 2013
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto

A fascinating look at an extraordinary personality.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 3/5

June 15, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The Island President is an important portrait of a determined man standing fast in a place where the ground is literally shifting beneath his feet.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 14, 2012
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The haunting "How to Disappear Completely" plays over the closing credits. If Nasheed isn't able to wake up the world to his country's plight, in a few decades, that could be the new Maldives national anthem.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

June 8, 2012
Louise Gray
Daily Telegraph

If you are in a fight, you want this man on your side. He is charismatic, brave and most of all entirely believes in what he is what he is doing. I'm not sure he know the meaning of the word compromise.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

June 1, 2012
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Climate-change documentaries are almost always disturbing, but "The Island President" communicates a special urgency.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 3, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

As an insight into the cynical nature of world politics, The Island President is wonky but fascinating stuff ... But as a testament to mankind's willingness to change... it's deeply dispiriting.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B-

May 2, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[An] engaging, gorgeously photographed documentary.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 27, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The film clearly sides with Nasheed's David as he battles Goliath-like businesses and governments, but it never loses sight of the fact that his efforts to preserve the fragile beauty of the sinking Maldives may already be doomed.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 27, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Nasheed is indeed inspirational, a cool-headed but passionate and courageous guy. You end up wishing a lot more leaders were like this guy.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

April 26, 2012
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

Shenk's tight storytelling makes for a gripping film that delivers the ugly, at times ennobling, truth.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 20, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Shenk expertly weaves Nasheed's extraordinary personal story together with the Maldives' breathtaking natural beauty and a Capra-esque tale of dogged idealism and political courage to create wonderfully vivid cinematic portraiture.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 20, 2012
Brent Simon
Shockya.com

A socially engaged documentary with more heart than head, this slice of boosterism focusing on the exiled Maldives president achieves unexpected ancillary connection as a ground-floor look at a grand clash of political and governmental wills.

Full Review Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: B-

April 12, 2012

Scotsman

An absorbing portrait of a man trying to turn a tide of indifference.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

April 8, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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What makes Nasheed's whirligig tactics so urgent is that, unlike most other countries participating in the summit, his own nation is actually in danger of being annihilated by climate change.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

April 6, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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"The Island President"is heartening and unsettling by turns.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 5, 2012
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International

Primary meets environmental documentary. A must-see now that political strife has forced the film's subject, President Mohamed Nasheed, to resign.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 4, 2012
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects

Nasheed is a fascinating man with grand ideas that stand in direct contrast to his appearance.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B

April 4, 2012
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Shenk gets almost unfettered acccess to Nasheed, who is refreshingly honest about the tactics he is employing to get other countries onside

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

April 3, 2012
Phil Contrino
Boxoffice Magazine

It's a gut punch to every single person who has come to the wholly depressing conclusion that the world our grandparents enjoyed may not exist for our children.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 2, 2012
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