Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. 38
    A borrowed idea -- hello, "Blade Runner," hi there, "Matrix" -- but an idea nonetheless.
  2. If you like "Maxim," you will love The Island. It is glossy. It is expensive. It has lots of slick ads for Aquafina and Cadillac.
  3. Comes on like an overproduced coma, and leaves you comatose by the end. In between are 127 minutes of intermittent chaos that feel like a lifetime.
  4. 20
    If you find yourself at "The Island" I have only three words of advice: Vote yourself off.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 231 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 123
  2. Negative: 27 out of 123
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    5
    Its always the same thing for Michael Bay; the picture's big, but the result is small. "The Island" is no better.
  2. Jan 27, 2012
    5
    The Island is a well acted but plain action picture, that never seems to get anywhere. Once again, Michael Bay has failed to impress me, although it is good compared to his other films. Full Review »
  3. Jul 29, 2014
    4
    This film wants to make some strong points, but wastes most of its time on action sequences and uninspired dialogues. McGregor and Johansson are quite promising, but do not actually deliver. Except for great-looking visuals, "The Island" overall just scares away its potential. Full Review »