“Stem Cell Research At It's Finest”
“"Michael Bays First True Film With Story And Emotionality And Something To Enjoy Apart From The Screwloose Visuals"”
“An Unoriginal Compilation Of "Logan's Run" Meets "The Fast & The Furious Furious".”
“Michael Bay's First Film In Which The Story Is As Amazing As The Action And Special Effects Are.”
“A Fun And Thrilling Roller Coaster Ride - About Clones!”
“ I Loved The Look Of The Film. I Loved The Scope. I Think The Facility Where The Clones Are Created Looks Awesome. And I Think The Way This Film Comes Across Is Nearly Flawless.”
The Island begins with a whimper of interest as a cool-hued, cautionary exploration of the ethics of cloning, and ends, in a hail of product placement, with a dumb bang.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
This lavish, exhaustingly kinetic film is smarter than you might expect, and at the same time dumber than it could be.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Despite all the firepower, the movie is only sporadically exciting.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
If you find yourself at The Island I have only three words of advice: Vote yourself off.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
As pretty, very human stars, McGregor and Johansson put the main sizzle into The Island, since we've seen this plotline, and this Brave New World, in better sci-fi films.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
For Bay, restraint means not dropping a fireball on a large urban center within the first act.
Dennis Lim - Village Voice
Theaters showing Michael Bay's futuristic thriller The Island won't be offering any money-back guarantees. They just need to be sure they have enough popcorn on hand.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
Its tale was more tame and thoughtful when Steven Spielberg, having done the related Artificial Intelligence, pitched it to Bay. But Bay, being Bay, punched it up, hiring script doctors to mainline some action.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
Michael Bay has made a movie that makes you ponder matters more meaningful than how cool that last car chase looked.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Like the first half of Minority Report, Bay's movie creates an entire new world, making us believe it and dread it at the same time.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
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. Whether they work together is a good question.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Classic Bay, except it's missing the crass director's fine-tuned rhythm, his feel for adrenaline, his breakneck edits and sense of humor.
Allison Benedikt - Chicago Tribune
The Island could be read as a metaphor for societal ills if it weren't so shamelessly dumb.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
As futuristic nightmares go, The Island is pretty appealing.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Island seems like the movie Michael Bay was born to make.
Tom Long - Detroit News
A high-concept movie that director Michael Bay turns into Bad Boys III: Send in the Clones.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Since Michael Bay never knows when enough is enough, every chase is restaged over and again and the narrative matrix is as simplistic as it is repetitive.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
In his latest exercise in sensory overkill, producer-helmer Michael Bay takes on the weighty moral conundrums of human cloning, resolving them in a storm of bullets, car chases and more explosions than you can shake a syringe at.
Justin Chang - Variety
[Bay's] best film since The Rock.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Bay's action is flashy enough to compensate for some of the shortcomings of the script.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
If The Island qualifies as cheese deluxe even by Michael Bay standards, it's because it's the only one in his lavishly decadent oeuvre that actually pretends to trade in ideas.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Like War of the Worlds, The Island is essentially a chase movie where the actors' job is to look good and keep moving.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
The Island is nothing so dull as a total failure. But it has enough surprises up its clingy white sleeve to make you wish it were better.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Calling The Island a 'popcorn, old-fashioned summer movie' is fair, but it's also sad, since it could have been more. But movies that aim low rarely achieve any kind of altitude.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Starts off an aggressively derivative sci-fi thriller, then morphs into an above-average chase melodrama.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
What the clone lovers find is a new world -- it's 2019 -- of highway collisions, flying motorbikes, exploding buildings, bad acting and moral incoherence, very much like old Bay movies.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Degenerates into a fearsome chase movie.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
For the second half of the film, it's all chase and chase and chase some more, with little audience involvement in how it turns out.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A stunning futuristic thriller about cloning and immortality, The Island combines spectacle with controversy.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
The pace of this roller coaster ride becomes too furious to remember that it all started out as an adventure addressing some pertinent ethical issues about the pitfalls of stem cell research, cloning, and bio-genetics.
Kam Williams - Princeton Town Topics
Actually a fairly decent sci-fi thriller for its first half.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
It seems to assume that its audience is made of idiots, constantly reminding us of the simple plot details and having characters define things for each other.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Trevor Johnston - Time Out New York
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
... a darker, R-rated sci-fi dramatic cut of The Island exists somewhere... buried right next to the only copy of the Schwarzenegger-free print of The 6th Day.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
The film remains a patchwork of cliches -- evil corporations, evil Frankenstein-like scientists, and so forth -- which is the one kind of cloning that Hollywood does accept.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
Brian Rentschler - ScreenRant
- Time Out
Bay must have taken one look at the sci-fi script with its overtones of bleak Orwellian dystopia, and thought, "I wonder how many car crashes I can cram into this."
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
heart-breaking experience for all the fans of classic science fiction films
Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
Like its slack-jawed clones, The Island is full of energy and incredibly pretty but burdened with only the minimum of smarts.
Olly Richards - Empire Magazine
- Empire Magazine
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
If only some of that product placement coin was spent on working on a few more drafts of the screenplay, The Island could have been a much better film.
Michael Ferraro - Film Threat
Pone el dedo en la llaga respecto a uno de los temas mas controvertidos de la ciencia actual y los grupos religiosos mas importantes: la actitud del hombre de jugar a ser Dios
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
As usual, Bay stages the action at a breakneck pace that's never frenetic enough to obscure his film's plot holes and logical lapses.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
- AV Club
Si "robar" ideas de varias peliculas fuera un delito en Hollywood, los productores de La Isla estarian condenados a cadena perpetua.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
The story is crap, but the sight of two hot-looking stars running around the screen in their tighty-whities is something of a relief.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
What a Fun Ride, I think it's Bay's Best!
Michael Szymanski - Wordmag.com
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
This is a futuristic thriller about cloning, which is ironic given that The Island is a clone of half a dozen much better sci-fi movies.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
It's extremely well acted by McGregor and Johansson, both of whom bring more to their roles than the script really deserves.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's a movie about clones, which is fitting because this is a clone... - cool action, but it tries to be too many different kinds of films and spreads itself too thin.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
As a whole, it's only almost good. But it's full of good elements, and it never made me furious.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
[T]here's plenty to enjoy in the more intimate, character-based moments, if you can cope with the relentlessly overblown action that surrounds them.
Nev Pierce - BBC
Unapologetically action-oriented but it has a passionate subtext too - this Michael Bay's take on every sci-fi movie ever made.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
- Sydney Morning Herald
A confused but moderately entertaining confection, a film that feels as much of an artificial construct as the world inhabited by Lincoln Six Echo and his fellows.
Philippa Hawker - Sydney Morning Herald
Kudos to Bay for not only envisioning a bleak future that might one day come to be (and keeping those neurons firing) but also for keeping the action thrilling.
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Veraniega en el sentido mas comercial de la definicion, sobresale en su genero particular, en un buen nivel dentro de ese cine que no pide muchas neuronas (clonadas o no).
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
What really distinguishes 'The Island' is that it's a Michael Bay movie with a compelling idea, or at least a resonant question: What does it mean to be human?
Kurt Loder - MTV
Once you push past the topicality, the film is pretty simplistic - not to mention derivative.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Utterly heedless of any ideas of logic, plot development, or even spatial sense.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The action is sometimes exciting and occasionally clever but, like most Bay run/drive/explode sequences, it's mechanical and less involving than it ought to be.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
This is one heck of a stupid movie...just the thing to enjoy with that wonderful invention known as air conditioning.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
What begins on an extended note of sci-fi excitement sinks under its own weight, the victim of a castaway plot.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Bay's enormous success has placed him beyond strictures of moderation. The Island is a full hour too long, and, watching it, you can smell the budget and watch it burn.
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Rotten to the core.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Viewers will be contemplating the commentary on life, death and humanity -- after they pop Advils for their pounding headaches.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
An intelligent, provocative premise wrapped in a bone-chillingly stupid action movie.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A high-energy sci-fi thriller that's smarter, edgier and more exciting than the usual action-packed summer blockbuster.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
The Island is eventually slammed with a Michael Bay tsunami, a wave of action sequences that are so preposterous they drown the excellent premise ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Veering from the "Michael Bay is the Devil" talking points, I gotta say I admire The Island for its ability to be smart, edgy, and entertaining at once. Bay, good job!
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
The movie's first part works as provocative sci-fi, and the second part works as mindless action mayhem, but the two parts never manage to find a satisfactory coexistence.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Give Michael Bay credit for trying to address something more than pyrotechnics. (And credit as well for some of the most avant-garde montages this side of experimental film.)
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
Phrases like 'lowest-common-denominator filmmaking' and 'ode to conspicuous consumption' seem suitable.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
An Island worth visiting. Bay action proves a good mix with McGregor humour.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
If you're gonna sell your soul in Hollywood, The Island is about as good as it gets
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
About half-way through The Island I realized what had happened: Director Michael Bay just plain went nuts behind the camera.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
It is never flat-out awful.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Is Michael Bay the world's worst living filmmaker? Evidence continues to mount...
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
When Johansson whispers to McGregor, 'We are the island'; the retch factor goes into high gear.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The dismissal of the artistry behind this movie should be enough to disqualify a critic from ever judging a futuristic psychological action thriller fantasy again.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
My bladder wants more for its suffering.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
Predictably bloated with Michael Bay's trademark bombast and migraine-inducing excess.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Demarre bien avant de devenir une demonstration des pires tics de son realisateur.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
If you like Maxim, you will love The Island.
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
A typical run-and-chase Bay-a-thon before morphing into a Polyphonic Spree video at the very end.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
You have Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson, these terrific actors reduced to saying, 'Go, go and duck' and hanging from buildings and all that stuff. And it just falls apart.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Scott A. Mantz - Entertainment Insiders
The closest thing so far to a good Michael Bay film
[but] whatever cautionary or entertainment value The Island may have must be considered stolen goods.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
It veers toward the profound and then shockingly bolts for a finish line that looks a lot like box office receipt tape.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
The Island is the sort of movie that gives science fiction a bad name.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Only Michael Bay would remake a 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' movie."
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
The Island boasts a neat sci-fi story, but director Michael Bay can't help but blow that up, too
Christian Toto - Washington Times
...brilliant...a good, highly entertaining movie with a laudable moral on a controversial issue. Kudos to Michael Bay, Warner Bros. and DreamWorks for making this film.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
While this isn't top flight science fiction, at least it is real science fiction.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Michael Bay's The Island is actually two films with vastly different styles struggling for possession of the screen.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
McGregor is clearly having some fun here, but he also adds a level of subtlety that Bay's movies usually lack.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
- Baltimore Sun
Hanh Nguyen - Zap2it.com
Unless you like watching destruction, you could easily leave after the first hour and miss nothing important. You know how it will end.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
To say that The Island is Michael Bay's best movie to date is more than a backhanded compliment, particularly for discriminating moviegoers
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Michael Bay finally accepts the challenge of an intelligent script. He doesn't screw it up.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
If you can turn off your brain, The Island is one of the more enjoyable movies this summer.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The real surprise is Bay's subtle, subversive subtext -- not just old chestnuts like appearance-and-reality but down-to-earth issues like abortion and stem-cell research.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
- Boston Phoenix
Basically an unauthorized gazillion-dollar remake of a fairly obscure no-budget sci-fi flick from 1979 called 'Parts: The Clonus Horror.'
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Bay's best and worst film.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
I loved it...you get your money's worth, and there's actually a story in there with all the pants-pooping excitement.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Basically one crazy chase after another, which is fitting considering that it's directed by Michael Bay.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
This is precisely the kind of fun, trashy summer movie that makes you want to plunge both hands into a enormous bucket of popcorn.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Mindless, soulless, overlong, sleek looking popcorn action thriller.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
For about an hour, you forget this is a Michael Bay movie. Then the fierworks start coming and never stop.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Michael Bay is his own worst enemy.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
The Island starts out as a passably good sci-fi flick. Then it turns into a Michael Bay movie.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
On its own terms, The Island is just fine.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
The fit between the two halves of the film -- the sci-fi crispness and the bombastic action excess -- is awkward, and The Island never seems comfortable with itself.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Michael Bay's stab at grafting his brand of high-octane mayhem onto an idea-driven sci-fi story gets off to a promising start before degenerating into endless car chases and stuff blowing up.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Pure Bay. Utterly soulless. Earplugs optional.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
In the mind-numbing final hour... you stop being flabbergasted and just start praying for the end of the movie, this horrible Island vacation.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
Instead of a movie, he's delivered a beer commercial version of Logan's Run for the lobotomized.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Tom Charity - Times [UK]
... A smart sci-fi thriller headlined by an outstanding cast.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
The Best Sci-Fi/Action Film of The Year has Arrived! Set Sail for The Island!
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
The Island isn't the best sci-fi thriller out there this summer but it's enjoyable.
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
The story splicing isn't any smoother than the movie's own awkward bio-engineering, and by the film's finale it's hard to care much about any of it.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
But despite all of Bay's best efforts, he still managed, through sheer dumb luck, to wind up with a cracking good sci-fi adventure that doesn't falter until the second half.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
This mixture of sci-fi musing and crash-and-burn chaos packs a wallop only when metal crashes against metal.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
High-octane action/thriller with the ominous premise of genetic cloning
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
[Bay] turns what had been a thoughtful science-fiction film into a series of car crashes and jarring cuts.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Order from McDonald's and you shouldn't expect steak. Buy tickets for a Bay film and you shouldn't expect Oscar-worthy cinema.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
This movie is so bad it's good, especially because Ewan McGregor helps sell the silliness with a strong performance that would have worked in a much more serious film.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
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.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Dimwitted, action-flailing mediocrity....Michael Bay...[said,] "I always say, '**** the critics'"...I'll tell you what I always say: "Michael Bay is a tool."
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
If you don't leave the theater with aching eyes and ringing ears, Bay and company won't feel they've done their job properly.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
It doesn't make a lick of sense, of course, but we don't care. This is the real Attack of the Clones, baby!
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Once they're outside -- in a dispiriting vision of our near-future -- Bay falls back on his old playbook, creating more mayhem per square inch than in all his other movies combined.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
Michael Bay has directed a movie worth seeing.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
There is something familiar about it all. Yet with the addition of a plot and even a few ideas, one cannot call this a clone of his earlier work.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
I'm not sure which is worse: a movie without ideas or one that has ideas, but no idea what to do with them.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
As is inevitably the case with Bay films, The Island goes on long after we have become exhausted from all the breathless fun to be had in high-speed chases and dodging fireballs.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
The Island is more than the usual Michael Bay action fest. Beyond the mayhem, there's a timely theme, strapping performances and even jokes.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
See this and you'll think someone has harvested your brain.
- E! Online
The Island is not a great popcorn movie.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
I don't care what anyone says: A Michael Bay movie that boasts a few thought-provoking ideas is absolutely a step in the right direction.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
A sci-fi action picture ... that's funny and fun.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
While it is too long and runs on automatic pilot toward the predictably concussive conclusion, it is just taut, succinct and entertaining enough to obscure how ridiculous it is.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A pleasantly derivative medley of Logan's Run, THX-1138 and an Obsession for Men ad.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
The Island is a curious hybrid of intriguing sci-fi premise and over-the-top action sequences. Nevertheless, it manages to provide adrenaline-charged entertainment for two hours.
Tracy Allerton - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Welcome to THX 11-Michael Bay! It's not a science fiction movie, but an incredible simulation!
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It may not have Ginger or Mary Ann but this is one island you won't mind being stranded on for a few hours.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Slick entertainment for those satisfied by the well-established genre of mindless summer movies.
Arthur Lazere - culturevulture.net
The smoking ruins of a few real ideas can be glimpsed among the carnage.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
A loud, steroidal adrenaline-pumper in which Bay proves yet again that when it comes to smashing, crashing and blowing things up real good, he has few equals.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
A smart movie directed in a stupid fashion.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Contrary to how it appears, The Island is the same overdirected mess that Bay has been serving up for 10 years, only this time disguised as a creative leap forward.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Does its job without insulting our intelligence or unpleasantly jangling our nerves, and it leaves hope that beneath all those special-effects explosions there's a kinder, gentler Michael Bay struggling to get out.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The Island is this year's I, Robot.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
The third act (is) so full of holes it's a wonder the film doesn't get tangled up in the projector.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
I really hoped The Island would be Michael Bay's second best movie. In actuality, it's only his third best.
Fred Topel - About.com
Michael Bay delivers what may be a perfect summer movie, with brains and guts beneath sleek, muscular knockout action.
James Rocchi - Netflix
The Island, which belabors itself for about 45 minutes before you have any idea what's afoot, is a clone itself - of Coma, a '70s medical thriller that once seemed so far-fetched it had to be sci-fi.
John Anderson - Newsday
Bay's relentless bombast is no less irritating here than it was in Pearl Harbor, or Bad Boys II, or The Rock.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Nothing the actors could have done would have lifted 'The Island' beyond video-game level
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It is what it looks like -- loud, fast, and fulsome, with very pretty, very athletic bodies in white jumpsuits running and leaping.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
There's a good idea and an intriguing story hidden underneath all of Bay's boom-booms. Too bad the smoke doesn't clear long enough to see it.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
The Island is exactly what you expect from a summer action film with plenty of explosions, an amazing car chase and a beautiful woman.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
For movies of this type, it rarely gets better than 'you could do worse.'
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
After 2 1/2 grueling hours of this, you'll be begging for a trip to the island yourself. A real island, I mean. Not the movie.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Starts out as an interesting sci-fi thriller about cloning but then turns and takes a downhill course as just another action drama with crashes and explosions galore.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The best that I can say about The Island is that it is a well-made popcorner that is well suited as an air conditioning flick or DVD fodder.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
What would it take to turn your world upside down? For me, it took seeing a good Michael Bay movie.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
The first act holds such promise, but by the end, Bay deflates all rooting interest and throws logic out the window in favor of shootouts and been-there-done-that car chases.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The first half is high-quality science fiction, the rest is a high-tech chase adventure with a gleeful yen for destructive thrills.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Michael Bay is a master at creating money shots for trailers but -- outside most of The Rock and, at least, the attack sequence in Pearl Harbor -- has consistently failed to stimulate anything but the muscles which create migraines.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
At its best, The Island is like a Michael Crichton movie without Michael Crichton's smarts.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Most directors use scripts, but Michael Bay shuffles a deck of cards suited EXPLOSION, CAR CHASE, FIGHT and SEX SCENE.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
...a sci-fier with roots in such films as "Logan's Run," "THX 1138," "Looker" and "Coma," that devolves into one big chase scene after another with lots of explosions
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
...an over-simplification of the film's more heady implications and...a whole lot of excuses to blow s**t up.
Eric Melin - Lawrence.com
A maturing Michael Bay? It's been that kind of summer.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
My eyes hurt. So much action. So many explosions. So few words.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
All Michael Bay movies are evil.
Keith Uhlich - Slant Magazine
If you go in expecting Batman Begins, you'll be disappointed for sure -- but if you go in expecting a Michael Bay film, you'll likely be pleasantly surprised.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
Product placements are seen as a necessary evil, but do they really have to be constantly seen? The film itself doesn't add up to the sum of its ads.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Turn off your brain and just have fun.
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
A typical example of Bay's excess...sleek but utterly bombastic and silly.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Hokey, retrograde cornpone.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
When making a point about the sanctity of life, the argument is so much stronger when all life falls into that category, not just the chosen
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Would I see it again? Maybe I will take my clone. I'm sure he'd like it too.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
A clone of Ribert Fiveson's 1979 'The Clonus Horror', but is imaginative, gripping, and foretelling.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Easily Michael Bay's most meaningful, well-formed and provocative work.
Chris Carle - IGN Movies
A schizoid sci-fi-actioner in which a modest drama about human cloning irritatingly clashes with a typically noisy Michael Bay flick, full of crashes and explosions
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
You may have to squint through all the smoke and exploding cars to see them, but trust me, the smarts are there.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
The Island is an action packed Sci-Fi adventure that carries all the hallmarks (both good and bad) of your typical Michael Bay movie.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs