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The Island Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
March 27, 2011
The Island is very much a Michael Bay film, with all of the stylistic touches that entails.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 21, 2005
A smart movie directed in a stupid fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
July 28, 2005
Viewers will be contemplating the commentary on life, death and humanity -- after they pop Advils for their pounding headaches.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
July 20, 2005
Calling The Island a 'popcorn, old-fashioned summer movie' is fair, but it's also sad, since it could have been more. But movies that aim low rarely achieve any kind of altitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 21, 2005
Most directors use scripts, but Michael Bay shuffles a deck of cards suited EXPLOSION, CAR CHASE, FIGHT and SEX SCENE.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
July 22, 2005
The fit between the two halves of the film -- the sci-fi crispness and the bombastic action excess -- is awkward, and The Island never seems comfortable with itself.
| Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 25, 2005
You have Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson, these terrific actors reduced to saying, 'Go, go and duck' and hanging from buildings and all that stuff. And it just falls apart.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 21, 2005
The Island is not a great popcorn movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christian Toto
Washington Times
July 24, 2005
The Island boasts a neat sci-fi story, but director Michael Bay can't help but blow that up, too
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
July 29, 2005
Rotten to the core.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Brian Orndorf
July 21, 2005
Contrary to how it appears, The Island is the same overdirected mess that Bay has been serving up for 10 years, only this time disguised as a creative leap forward.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Bay must have taken one look at the sci-fi script with its overtones of bleak Orwellian dystopia, and thought, "I wonder how many car crashes I can cram into this."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 4, 2014
A grim example of the worst impulses of Hollywood filmmaking in the 2000s given unfettered room to flourish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Rebecca Murray
July 24, 2005
Michael Bay's The Island is actually two films with vastly different styles struggling for possession of the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 21, 2005
Despite all the firepower, the movie is only sporadically exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 21, 2005
The smoking ruins of a few real ideas can be glimpsed among the carnage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Only in a Bay movie can we sit for two hours watching super models trying to survive a world of supermodels and fast cars.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Christopher Null
July 21, 2005
After 2 1/2 grueling hours of this, you'll be begging for a trip to the island yourself. A real island, I mean. Not the movie.
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
July 21, 2005 over-simplification of the film's more heady implications and...a whole lot of excuses to blow s**t up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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