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The Island Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This frenzied fiesta of firepower is about cloning people for spare parts, but the movie is a clone itself. Possessing no new ideas, it reworks and borrows from such films as "Blade Runner," "The Matrix" and "Logan's Run."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    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.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Starts off an aggressively derivative sci-fi thriller, then morphs into an above-average chase melodrama.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Explosive movie is best for teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie features explosions, fights, and vehicle chases. Characters drink, smoke, fight, and kill one another. Several scenes show clones in various unfinished states (incubating in sacks and on tables); others show organs harvested (surgery) and a baby harvested (the mother is killed after giving birth). While the protagonists' social naiveté and first grade reading skills make them seem childish, they are definitely adult in their sexual interests and fighting abilities. Characters and background images make frequent references to commercial products (including MSN, Puma, XBox, Aquafina, Cadillac, Ben & Jerry's).

  • Families can talk about the film's important ethical and philosophical questions concerning clones and organ harvesting: When do clones become individuals? Who can afford to purchase clones or organs, and how does this create a hierarchy of health, longevity, and cultural power? Does the fact that technology exists justify or compel its use? Families might also talk about how the film reduces resolutions for such dilemmas by broadly outlining villains and heroes, stereotypical relationships, and high-powered, plainly expensive action sequences.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Bad corporate and military figures.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Explosions, shootings, surgery, a mother dies after childbirth.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Barflies make rude comments; protagonists have romantic sex.

  • language false3

    Language: Typical "action" language.

  • consumerism false5

    Consumerism: Lots of brand names and logos, including MSN, Puma, XBox, Aquafina, Cadillac, Ben and Jerry's.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some smoking and drinking; drugs used to keep clones placid; Jordan gets drunk in a bar.