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The Island Reviews

September 26, 2005
As usual, Bay stages the action at a breakneck pace that's never frenetic enough to obscure his film's plot holes and logical lapses.
July 28, 2005
What the clone lovers find is a new world -- it's 2019 -- of highway collisions, flying motorbikes, exploding buildings, bad acting and moral incoherence, very much like old Bay movies.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 28, 2005
Since Michael Bay never knows when enough is enough, every chase is restaged over and again and the narrative matrix is as simplistic as it is repetitive.
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.
July 22, 2005
The Island is nothing so dull as a total failure. But it has enough surprises up its clingy white sleeve to make you wish it were better.
July 22, 2005
If you find yourself at The Island I have only three words of advice: Vote yourself off.
July 22, 2005
If The Island qualifies as cheese deluxe even by Michael Bay standards, it's because it's the only one in his lavishly decadent oeuvre that actually pretends to trade in ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 22, 2005
Once they're outside -- in a dispiriting vision of our near-future -- Bay falls back on his old playbook, creating more mayhem per square inch than in all his other movies combined.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 22, 2005
On its own terms, The Island is just fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 22, 2005
Bay's action is flashy enough to compensate for some of the shortcomings of the script.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 22, 2005
The story splicing isn't any smoother than the movie's own awkward bio-engineering, and by the film's finale it's hard to care much about any of it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 22, 2005
[Bay's] best film since The Rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 22, 2005
Theaters showing Michael Bay's futuristic thriller The Island won't be offering any money-back guarantees. They just need to be sure they have enough popcorn on hand.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 22, 2005
The Island grows dumber as it goes along, gradually disintegrating into a generic good-versus-evil spectacular that not only defies all known laws of gravity and physics, but also suffers from the lack of morality that plagues Bay's films.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 22, 2005
Its tale was more tame and thoughtful when Steven Spielberg, having done the related Artificial Intelligence, pitched it to Bay. But Bay, being Bay, punched it up, hiring script doctors to mainline some action.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 22, 2005
Like War of the Worlds, The Island is essentially a chase movie where the actors' job is to look good and keep moving.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 22, 2005
The Island seems like the movie Michael Bay was born to make.
Read More | Original Score: B+
July 22, 2005
As is inevitably the case with Bay films, The Island goes on long after we have become exhausted from all the breathless fun to be had in high-speed chases and dodging fireballs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 22, 2005
This mixture of sci-fi musing and crash-and-burn chaos packs a wallop only when metal crashes against metal.
Read More | Original Score: C+
July 22, 2005
Like the first half of Minority Report, Bay's movie creates an entire new world, making us believe it and dread it at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 22, 2005
Frequently thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 22, 2005
The Island isn't the best sci-fi thriller out there this summer but it's enjoyable.
July 21, 2005
Despite all the firepower, the movie is only sporadically exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 21, 2005
Degenerates into a fearsome chase movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 21, 2005
A high-concept movie that director Michael Bay turns into Bad Boys III: Send in the Clones.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 21, 2005
As pretty, very human stars, McGregor and Johansson put the main sizzle into The Island, since we've seen this plotline, and this Brave New World, in better sci-fi films.
July 21, 2005
The Island could be read as a metaphor for societal ills if it weren't so shamelessly dumb.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 21, 2005
This lavish, exhaustingly kinetic film is smarter than you might expect, and at the same time dumber than it could be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 21, 2005
As futuristic nightmares go, The Island is pretty appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 21, 2005
Michael Bay has made a movie that makes you ponder matters more meaningful than how cool that last car chase looked.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 21, 2005
Classic Bay, except it's missing the crass director's fine-tuned rhythm, his feel for adrenaline, his breakneck edits and sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 21, 2005
The first half of Michael Bay's new film is a spare, creepy science fiction parable, and then it shifts into a high-tech action picture. Both halves work. Whether they work together is a good question.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2005
The Island, which belabors itself for about 45 minutes before you have any idea what's afoot, is a clone itself - of Coma, a '70s medical thriller that once seemed so far-fetched it had to be sci-fi.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
July 21, 2005
A loud, steroidal adrenaline-pumper in which Bay proves yet again that when it comes to smashing, crashing and blowing things up real good, he has few equals.
July 21, 2005
At its best, The Island is like a Michael Crichton movie without Michael Crichton's smarts.
Read More | Original Score: D+
July 20, 2005
The Island begins with a whimper of interest as a cool-hued, cautionary exploration of the ethics of cloning, and ends, in a hail of product placement, with a dumb bang.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
July 19, 2005
For Bay, restraint means not dropping a fireball on a large urban center within the first act.
July 14, 2005
Starts off an aggressively derivative sci-fi thriller, then morphs into an above-average chase melodrama.
July 14, 2005
In his latest exercise in sensory overkill, producer-helmer Michael Bay takes on the weighty moral conundrums of human cloning, resolving them in a storm of bullets, car chases and more explosions than you can shake a syringe at.