Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Reviews

  • A kid-friendly special effects romp that will either give you a few chuckles or bore you senseless.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • The movie flies by pleasantly, and is then instantly forgettable. Perhaps Jules Verne can explain the science of that.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The usual escape-before-the-big-blast stuff ensues, augmented by some fairly tedious family dynamics.

    Neil Genzlinger — New York Times

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    John DeFore — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Screenwriters Brian and Mark Gunn still have trouble scripting action sequences or dialogue that rises above "Let's do this" level.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • Harkens back to so-bad-they're-fun '70s children's epics like "At the Earth's Core" and "The Land That Time Forgot."

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The island locale rings with reggae music regardless of its proximity to Jamaica, and any action sequence is rendered in painfully deliberate slo-mo.

    John Anderson — Wall Street Journal

  • ...the best that moviegoers who don't much enjoy genial sci-fi/fantasy silliness can expect is a relatively inoffensive time...

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It's only disguised as fun.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Surely the silliest outing for Caine since he swatted rampaging killer bees in the 1978 disaster flick "The Swarm."

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The equivalent of throwing "Jurassic Park," "Avatar" and the absolute worst episode ever of "Land of the Lost" in a blender and pushing "garble."

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Johnson can't save the movie, directed by Brad Peyton, from being a sloppy skip from one seemingly unrelated idea to the next.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • A fun though rarely funny family adventure whose lively special effects compensate somewhat for actors who largely sleepwalk through their roles.

    Russell Edwards — Variety

  • 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.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • A wretched shipwreck of a film that will appeal only to young minds of the most limited discernment and imagination.

    Bruce Demara — Toronto Star

  • The visual effects are as artificial as the genially preposterous story, but the movie is all in fun, and painless for grownups.

    Leonard Maltin — indieWIRE

  • 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.

    Stephen Cole — Globe and Mail

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