The Island President Reviews

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 1, 2012
A message in favor of the environment from someone who really means it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 30, 2012
The Island President should be commended for offering a stark reminder that, while the world's great nations turned their attentions to economics, the waters continued to rise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
March 30, 2012
Those who learn of his and his country's plight through Shenk's smartly crafted film can't help but sit up and pay attention to the course of his career, the fate of Maldives and the threat of global warming.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
March 30, 2012
What just might be the scariest movie of the year doesn't feature skyscraper-crushing robots or species-annihilating bacteria.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
March 30, 2012
"The Island President" is a mostly compelling documentary about that rarest of breeds, an appealing politician.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alex Zane
Sun Online
March 30, 2012
Shenk would have been better off spending time with the people at risk of flooding rather than filming the diplomats in their suits at the Copenhagen Climate Summit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
March 29, 2012
Shenk draws on archive material to chronicle Nasheed's courageous battle against longtime dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, but it's the unprecedented access he has to his subject that makes this movie so revealing and compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 29, 2012
"The Island President" personalizes the threat of global warming, and nationalizes it too, by focusing on Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 29, 2012
Ex-Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed comes across in this documentary as a kind of climate-change Prospero.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
March 29, 2012
Sure it's hagiographic, but this is environmentalist filmmaking at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
March 29, 2012
[M]akes climate change dramatic, political, personal, and the right stuff of leadership. . . The film would seem hagiographic if his biography weren't so stirring.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
March 29, 2012
Recent events give the documentary The Island President both an urgency and a poignancy.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 29, 2012
What's fascinating and frustrating about The Island President is how it reveals international politics to be even more polarized and mired in bureaucracy than local politics.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 29, 2012
Viewers get an eye-opening look at behind-the-scenes wrangling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 28, 2012
Void of graphics and animation, focus is on Nasheed in 'this David and Goliath tale for the literal survival of his country.'
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 28, 2012
A portrait of defiant optimism as a last-chance means of survival, Jon Shenk's The Island President offers not only a Mandela-like tale of political heroism but a much-needed perspective on climate change.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 28, 2012
The hope that infuses this movie makes it all the more upsetting to walk out of the theater and contemplate a looming disaster that the world's leaders seem unable to prevent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 27, 2012
It's fascinating to be so close to a then-sitting head of state as he negotiates for his homeland's survival, and the news that Nasheed was recently deposed in a coup by Gayoom loyalists makes the hard-won victories he did secure all the more poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
March 27, 2012
Moves swiftly from political scene-setting to follow Nasheed's every move as he prepares to make an impassioned environmental plea at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 27, 2012
Shenk's film is close enough to his subject to catch the leader who rails against carbon-dioxide emissions puffing on cigarettes in parking lots.
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