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The Island President Reviews

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Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
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
Louise Gray
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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.
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
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
Nathan Southern
TV 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
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
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
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-
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
March 22, 2012
An imperative issue film inside of a phenomenally appealing human interest piece that is equal parts individually intimate and internationally substantial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
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.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
March 25, 2012
The film shares Mohamed Nasheed's pessimism, but it's also able to celebrate that wonderfully stubborn individual's constant need to fight on regardless of the eventual result.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
June 15, 2012
A fascinating look at an extraordinary personality.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Sam Wigley
Total Film
March 19, 2012
Nasheed may be a small fish in a big geopolitical pond, but his enterprise and optimism are a welcome complement to eco doc doom and gloom.
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
Top Critic
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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