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The Island President Reviews

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Nathan Southern
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
June 15, 2012
A fascinating look at an extraordinary personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 14, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Louise Gray
Daily Telegraph
June 1, 2012
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.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 3, 2012
Climate-change documentaries are almost always disturbing, but "The Island President" communicates a special urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
May 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: B-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 27, 2012
[An] engaging, gorgeously photographed documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 20, 2012
Shenk's tight storytelling makes for a gripping film that delivers the ugly, at times ennobling, truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
April 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: B-

April 8, 2012
An absorbing portrait of a man trying to turn a tide of indifference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2012
"The Island President"is heartening and unsettling by turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
April 4, 2012
Primary meets environmental documentary. A must-see now that political strife has forced the film's subject, President Mohamed Nasheed, to resign.
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
April 4, 2012
Nasheed is a fascinating man with grand ideas that stand in direct contrast to his appearance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
April 3, 2012
Shenk gets almost unfettered acccess to Nasheed, who is refreshingly honest about the tactics he is employing to get other countries onside
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Contrino
Boxoffice Magazine
April 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
March 30, 2012
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