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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Reviews

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Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
March 1, 2012
The visual effects are as artificial as the genially preposterous story, but the movie is all in fun, and painless for grownups.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 16, 2012
Surely the silliest outing for Caine since he swatted rampaging killer bees in the 1978 disaster flick "The Swarm."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 10, 2012
Offers giant rocks clearly made of Styrofoam and Dwayne Johnson, who fits the same description.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 10, 2012
I swear some of the giant, Day-Glo vegetation had "Property of 'Lost in Space'" stamped on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 10, 2012
The equivalent of those pre-made sandwiches you buy at Starbucks -- not bad for you, and not entirely lacking in flavor, but nothing particularly memorable, either.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 10, 2012
The equivalent of throwing "Jurassic Park," "Avatar" and the absolute worst episode ever of "Land of the Lost" in a blender and pushing "garble."
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
February 10, 2012
The Mysterious Island is everything a 12-year-old boy could want - endless adventure involving a reckless adolescent hero, with a pretty girl in a clinging T-shirt around to watch him struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 10, 2012
You know we're in serious trouble when even old pros such as Michael Caine and Luis Guzman can't do anything with the uninspired and unfunny script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John DeFore
Washington Post
February 10, 2012
Sincerely tries to pay homage to the likes of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson but is too contaminated by today's tame sensibilities to make it fly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
February 10, 2012
A wretched shipwreck of a film that will appeal only to young minds of the most limited discernment and imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 9, 2012
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island makes a nice case to your kids that reading books is a good idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 9, 2012
Don't expect anything resembling believability, but enjoy the blend of strikingly colorful visuals and banter between odd couple Johnson and Caine, which combine for a mild escapist treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
February 9, 2012
A brainless 3-D sequel to 2008's brainless 3-D "Journey to the Center of the Earth."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
February 9, 2012
The usual escape-before-the-big-blast stuff ensues, augmented by some fairly tedious family dynamics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
February 9, 2012
The island locale rings with reggae music regardless of its proximity to Jamaica, and any action sequence is rendered in painfully deliberate slo-mo.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
February 9, 2012
Blithely idiotic...
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 9, 2012
Even by the unambitious standards of some children's movies and many movies that star Caine, this one has a difficult time making a case for itself as anything other than an adventure in baby-sitting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 9, 2012
Harkens back to so-bad-they're-fun '70s children's epics like "At the Earth's Core" and "The Land That Time Forgot."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
February 9, 2012
...the best that moviegoers who don't much enjoy genial sci-fi/fantasy silliness can expect is a relatively inoffensive time...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 9, 2012
Anyone old enough to have read Jules Verne or seen the way his work was successfully adapted in the past will suffer worse than the kids in the audience who just came to laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 9, 2012
It's only disguised as fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 9, 2012
It isn't a "good" movie in the usual sense (or most senses), but it is jolly and good-natured, and Michael Caine and Dwayne Johnson are among the most likable of actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
February 9, 2012
Please tell me I didn't really see what I think I just saw: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson sitting on a log, playing ukulele and singing "What a Wonderful World" to Michael Caine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 9, 2012
The 3-D setpieces are the film's sole raison d'Ítre, but Mysterious Island doles them out stingily, and its exotic setting registers as a poor man's Pandora.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 8, 2012
The movie flies by pleasantly, and is then instantly forgettable. Perhaps Jules Verne can explain the science of that.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
February 8, 2012
Giant jungle creatures lunge and hiss into the screen, projectiles appear to whiz past your face, and the whiff of vintage cheesiness reeks from easy gotcha! moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
February 8, 2012
Johnson can't save the movie, directed by Brad Peyton, from being a sloppy skip from one seemingly unrelated idea to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
February 8, 2012
The presence of actors as good as Caine and Guzman only highlights how dreadful and dumb the banter is.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
February 7, 2012
Screenwriters Brian and Mark Gunn still have trouble scripting action sequences or dialogue that rises above "Let's do this" level.
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Anna Smith
Time Out
February 2, 2012
It's a harmless family film with an old-fashioned spirit of adventure, but the writing doesn't live up to the promise of the premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Russell Edwards
Variety
January 18, 2012
A fun though rarely funny family adventure whose lively special effects compensate somewhat for actors who largely sleepwalk through their roles.
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
January 17, 2012
As the band of adventurers skips from one supersized Survivor-like challenge to the next, one can't help feeling the creative potential of Verne's vision is wasted.