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  • Summary: Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) is a resident of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid-21st century. Like all the inhabitants of this carefully constructed environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to "The Island" -- reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the plant -- until he makes a terrible discovery that everything about his existence is a lie. (Warner Bros.) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. 75
    The Island runs 136 minutes, but that's not long for a double feature. 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.
  2. Bay's movie couldn't be more timely; whatever you think about this subject, you might admire his attempt to come to grips with it in a summer blockbuster.
  3. Make no mistake: This not high art. But it does its job without insulting our intelligence or unpleasantly jangling our nerves.
  4. 50
    As usual, Hollywood hitmeister Bay is more interested in blowing stuff up than in addressing deep questions like the morality of science and the false myths of civilization, and these explosions go on for over two hours.
  5. 50
    Unfortunately, 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.
  6. 50
    For a slick pop entertainment, more than the usual quotient of timely ideas rattle around between the relentless product placements and futuristic geegaws.
  7. 20
    If you find yourself at "The Island" I have only three words of advice: Vote yourself off.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 145
  1. PaulD.
    Oct 17, 2005
    10
    Awesome movie...nuff said.
  2. Sep 21, 2014
    10
    Michael Bay crafted this movie to fascinate the mind and hypnotize the eyes.
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  3. Jul 21, 2014
    10
    The island is an excellent science fiction thriller with amazing special effects and an ingenious plot.
    The acting is decent from every actor
    and the movie's breakneck pace never ratchets down. Expand
  4. tammy
    Dec 16, 2005
    9
    A movie about clones.. the action is so real than most movies i have seen. must watch it!
  5. chip
    Dec 6, 2005
    8
    Entertaining - not at all as bad as the reviews make it seem. i think it is more akin to logan's run than matrix or blade runner. (i guess all sci-fi fils are going to be compared to blade runner and the matrix). Expand
  6. Jun 12, 2011
    6
    I hate to admit that I actually have a Michael Bay guilty pleasure but I do. This movies running time is a little long but this is only because the movie actually takes the time to develop the story and characters. Wait what! character development what's that? It's actually refreshing to see a movie that took the time to make you care about the characters. The acting was also very strong. You do have to love Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor was incredible and you never go wrong with Steve Buscemi in anything. The only complaint was that during the action scenes the camera work was kinda crazy. Over all a great flick and well worth the watch. Expand
  7. AngryMan
    Jan 23, 2006
    1
    What the hell was that?! I'm getting really ****** off with the whole world of film making, as well as with that surprisingly large proportion of people who sincerely believe that stuff like this is of a high standard. I guess it's a sign of the times we're living in. 1 point goes to all those whose combined efforts resulted in me paying to rent this **** and suffer it for 30 minutes before swiching it off in disgust. Expand

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